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Ice injected up to the Tropopause by Deep Convection: 1) in the Austral Convective Tropics

Iris-Amata Dion1, Philippe Ricaud1, Peter Haynes2, Fabien Carminati3, and Thibaut Dauhut4 Iris-Amata Dion et al.
  • 1CRNM, Meteo-France-CNRS, Toulouse, 31057, France
  • 2DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0WA, UK
  • 3Met Office, Exeter Devon EX1 3PB, UK
  • 4Laboratoire d’Aerologie, Toulouse, 31400, France

Abstract. The impact of deep convection on the water budget (water vapor and ice) from the tropical Upper Troposphere (UT, around 146hPa) to the Tropopause Level (TL, around 100hPa) is investigated. Ice water content (IWC) and water vapour (WV) measured in the UT and the TL by the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS, Version 4.2) are compared to the precipitation (Prec) measured by the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM, Version 007). The two datasets, gridded within 2°×2° horizontal bins, have been analyzed during the austral convective season: December, January and February (DJF) from 2004 to 2017. MLS observations are performed at 01:30 and 13:30 Local Solar Time whilst the Prec dataset is constructed with a time resolution of 1 hour. The new contribution of this study is to provide a much more detailed picture of the diurnal variation of ice than is provided by the very limited (2 per day) MLS observations. Firstly, we show that IWC represents 70 and 50% of the total water in the tropical UT and TL, respectively and that Prec is spatially highly correlated with IWC in the UT (Pearson linear coefficient R=0.7). We propose a method using Prec as a proxy of deep convection bringing ice up into the TL, during the growing stage of the convection. We validate the method using ice measurements from the Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (SMILES) during the period DJF 2009–2010. Next, the diurnal amount of IWC injected into the UT and the TL by deep convection is calculated by the difference between the maximum and the minimum in the estimated diurnal cycle of IWC in these layers and over selected convective zones. Six tropical highly convective zones have been chosen: South America, South Africa, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Maritime Continent region, split into land (MariCont-L) and ocean (MariCont-O). IWC injection is found to be 2.73 and 0.41mgm−3 over tropical land in the UT and TL, respectively, and 0.60 and 0.13mgm−3 over tropical ocean in the UT and TL, respectively. The MariCont-L region has the greatest ice injection in both UT and TL (3.34 and 0.42–0.56mgm−3, respectively). The MariCont-O region has less ice injection than MariCont-L (0.91mgm−3 in the UT and 0.16–0.34mgm−3 in TL), but has the highest diurnal minimum value of IWC in the TL (0.34–0.37mgm−3) among all oceanic zones.

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Quantifying the amount of ice injected up to the tropical Tropopause Layer by deep convection and processes linked to the diurnal cycle of ice, are important to understand the amount of water vapour entering the Stratosphere. We developed a simple model relating ice measured by the space-borne observations from Microwave Limb Sounder to precipitations from Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission data. Diurnal cycles of ice are obtained with a 1-h time resolution over tropical lands and oceans.
Quantifying the amount of ice injected up to the tropical Tropopause Layer by deep convection...