Effects of evapotranspiration on longitudinal dryline position in the Great Plains

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dc.contributor.advisor Hitchens, Nathan M.
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Zachary F.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-17T12:48:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-17T12:48:48Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-22
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/200800
dc.description en_US
dc.description.abstract The dryline is among the most important meteorological phenomena in the Great Plains due to its significance in tornadogenesis, severe weather, and consistent rainfall. Past research has extensively examined the dynamics of the dryline, however, recent meteorological research looks beyond dynamics and focuses on land-atmosphere interactions. Computer modeling has determined that land-atmosphere interactions affect boundary layer processes. This study focuses on how evapotranspiration affects the climatological longitudinal positioning of the dryline; they were defined by specific humidity gradients of at least 3 𝑔 𝑘𝑔−1 (100 𝑘𝑚) −1 , and could not deviate more than 30° from north-south orientation. Volumetric soil moisture was used as a surrogate for evapotranspiration. It was found that the dryline is sensitive to evapotranspiration, which impacts rainfall and severe weather occurrences in its vicinity, highlighting its importance to agricultural interests and population centers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Geography
dc.subject.lcsh Evapotranspiration -- Great Plains.
dc.subject.lcsh Soil moisture -- Great Plains.
dc.subject.lcsh Fronts (Meteorology) -- Great Plains.
dc.subject.lcsh Boundary layer (Meteorology) -- Great Plains.
dc.title Effects of evapotranspiration on longitudinal dryline position in the Great Plains en_US
dc.title.alternative Title on signature form: Effects of evapotranspiration on the longitudinal dryline postition in the Great Plains
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/uhtbin/catkey/1863890


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