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Atmospheric Rivers

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Dust in the wind & the snowy Alps: a cautionary tale

Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are elongated and narrow bands of clouds and high-water vapor content which advect warm and moist air masses from the tropics toward the poles. ARs are believed to account for most of the annual moisture transport from the tropics into mid and... click to read more

  • Diana Francis | Senior Scientist at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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published on Sep 15, 2023
‘Rivers in the sky’ carrying warm air destroy precious Antarctic sea ice

Looking at satellite images or Google Earth, you often find continent-long elongated clouds covering our planet, which may look like "rivers" running through the sky. These rivers are narrow belts of concentrated moisture in the atmosphere. Atmospheric rivers extend from the tropics (where water tends... click to read more

  • Diana Francis | Senior Scientist at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reading time 3 min
published on May 6, 2021