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Extreme Precipitation Events over North-Western Europe: getting water from the tropics.

Enrico Scoccimarro; Silvio Gualdi; Simon O. Krichak

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      <creatorName>Enrico Scoccimarro</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Fondazione CMCC</affiliation>
      <creatorName>Silvio Gualdi</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Fondazione CMCC</affiliation>
      <creatorName>Simon O. Krichak</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Tel Aviv University</affiliation>
    <title>Extreme Precipitation Events over North-Western Europe: getting water from the tropics.</title>
    <date dateType="Issued">2018-10-31</date>
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    <relatedIdentifier relatedIdentifierType="DOI" relationType="IsIdenticalTo">10.4401/ag-7772</relatedIdentifier>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;Our capability to adapt to extreme precipitation events is linked to our skill in predicting their magnitude and timing. Synoptic features&lt;br&gt;
(such as Atmospheric Rivers) developing over the North Atlantic Ocean are known as the source of the majority of water vapour transport&lt;br&gt;
into European mid-latitudes, and are associated with episodes of heavy and prolonged rainfall over UK and north western Europe.&lt;br&gt;
Thus, a better understanding of the North Atlantic atmospheric conditions prior the occurrence of extreme precipitation events over Europe&lt;br&gt;
could help in improving our capability to predict them. We build on atmospheric re-analyses at high spatial resolution, on a daily&lt;br&gt;
time scale, to highlight the anomalous path of the vertically integrated water content, transferring water from the western tropical North&lt;br&gt;
Atlantic to high latitudes and fuelling the storms developing in the North Atlantic sector, bound to affect Europe as responsible for the&lt;br&gt;
most intense precipitation events. The systematic link between anomalous north-eastward transport of vertically integrated water (precipitable&lt;br&gt;
water) from the western North Atlantic and anomalously high pressure patterns in the central North Atlantic, developing 5 days&lt;br&gt;
prior the extreme precipitation occurrence, suggest the central North Atlantic surface pressure as a potential precursor of extreme precipitation&lt;br&gt;
      <funderName>European Commission</funderName>
      <funderIdentifier funderIdentifierType="Crossref Funder ID">10.13039/501100000780</funderIdentifier>
      <awardNumber awardURI="info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/776479/">776479</awardNumber>
      <awardTitle>CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs</awardTitle>
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