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IDEAL: Instabilities, Dynamics and Energetics accompanying Atmospheric Layering


The IDEAL (Instabilities, Dynamics and Energetics accompanying Atmospheric Layering) field project combines ground-based in-situ observations with modeling efforts and will quantify the understanding of “sheet-and-layer” (S&L) structures, morphologies, and underlying dynamics in the stably stratified lower troposphere. The IDEAL project science goals are:

  1. Identify the multi-scale GW dynamics that appear contribute to local instabilities, intermittent turbulence, and the creation and evolution of S&L structures from ~50 m to ~2-3 km,
  2. Identify the instability dynamics [i.e. Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (KHI), GW breaking,intrusions, others?] that drive turbulence and transport, and their scales, amplitudes, and heat and momentum fluxes, for various S&L scales and energy sources, and
  3. Quantify the scales, intensities, character, and consequences of turbulence events for various S&L and instability flows and strengths.

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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2017-10-23 00:00:00
End Date 2017-11-15 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 45.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 35.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -115.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -105.00