Mountain Weather Research and Forecasting

Recent Progress and Current Challenges

  • Fotini K. Chow
  • Stephan F.J. De Wekker
  • Bradley J. Snyder

Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Dino Zardi, C. David Whiteman
    Pages 35-119
  3. Peter L. Jackson, Georg Mayr, Simon Vosper
    Pages 121-218
  4. Hans Richner, Patrick Hächler
    Pages 219-260
  5. Douw G. Steyn, Stephan F. J. De Wekker, Meinolf Kossmann, Alberto Martilli
    Pages 261-289
  6. Brian A. Colle, Ronald B. Smith, Douglas A. Wesley
    Pages 291-344
  7. Mark T. Stoelinga, Ronald E. Stewart, Gregory Thompson, Julie M. Thériault
    Pages 345-408
  8. Robert M. Banta, C. M. Shun, Daniel C. Law, William Brown, Roger F. Reinking, R. Michael Hardesty et al.
    Pages 409-530
  9. James D. Doyle, Craig C. Epifanio, Anders Persson, Patrick A. Reinecke, Günther Zängl
    Pages 531-589
  10. Brad Colman, Kirby Cook, Bradley J. Snyder
    Pages 655-692
  11. W. James Steenburgh, David M. Schultz, Bradley J. Snyder, Michael P. Meyers
    Pages 693-716
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 717-750

About this book



This book provides readers with a broad understanding of the fundamental principles driving atmospheric flow over complex terrain and provides historical context for recent developments and future direction for researchers and forecasters. The topics in this book are expanded from those presented at the Mountain Weather Workshop, which took place in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, August 5-8, 2008. The inspiration for the workshop came from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Mountain Meteorology Committee and was designed to bridge the gap between the research and forecasting communities by providing a forum for extended discussion and joint education. For academic researchers, this book provides some insight into issues important to the forecasting community. For the forecasting community, this book provides training on fundamentals of atmospheric processes over mountainous regions, which are notoriously difficult to predict. The book also helps to provide a better understanding of current research and forecast challenges, including the latest contributions and advancements to the field.

The book begins with an overview of mountain weather and forecasting challenges specific to complex terrain, followed by chapters that focus on diurnal mountain/valley flows that develop under calm conditions and dynamically-driven winds under strong forcing. The focus then shifts to other phenomena specific to mountain regions: Alpine foehn, boundary layer and air quality issues, orographic precipitation processes, and microphysics parameterizations. Having covered the major physical processes, the book shifts to observation and modelling techniques used in mountain regions, including model configuration and parameterizations such as turbulence, and model applications in operational forecasting. The book concludes with a discussion of the current state of research and forecasting in complex terrain, including a vision of how to bridge the gap in the future.

Fotini (Tina) Katopodes Chow  is an associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research interests are in performing large-eddy simulations of atmospheric boundary layer flows, with a focus on flow over complex terrain and development and testing of new turbulence models and boundary conditions. She and her students have worked on applications to mountain meteorology, urban dispersion, wind energy, and land-atmosphere coupling, among others.  She received an NSF CAREER award in 2007 and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2011.

Stephan F. J. De Wekker  is an associate professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the investigation of atmospheric boundary layer processes over complex terrain using a combination of field studies, data analysis, and numerical modeling techniques. He seeks to apply his expertise to problems in a multi-disciplinary context such as found at the interface with ecology, air quality, and hydrology.  He received an NSF CAREER award in 2012.

Bradley J. Snyder  is currently Head of Science Transfer and Training at the Pacific Storm Prediction Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is responsible for coordinating forecaster training and acts as liaison between operations and research groups. His focus is on mountain and marine meteorology.  He worked as an operational forecaster for 15 years at various locations across Canada and has undertaken research in radar, lightning, and air quality meteorology. He has also been involved in field studies, including forecasting during the Mesoscale Alpine Programme. 


atmospheric science mountain meteorology weather forecasting

Editors and affiliations

  • Fotini K. Chow
    • 1
  • Stephan F.J. De Wekker
    • 2
  • Bradley J. Snyder
    • 3
  1. 1.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2., Dpt. of Environmental SciencesUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Meteorological Service of CanadaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4097-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4098-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-5217
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-5225
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