Observations of sea breeze events in Rome and the surrounding area by a network of Doppler sodars

G. Mastrantonio, A.P. Viola, S. Argentini, G. Fiocco, L. Giannini, L. Rossini, G. Abbate, R. Ocone, M. Casonato

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In the period June-July 1992, four Doppler sodars were operated simultaneously in Rome and the surrounding area. The data have been used to investigate the contributions from sea breeze events to the local low-level circulation. Three days in which synoptic-scale pressure gradients were weak have been selected. A number of characteristics of the sea breeze are examined including the onset and cessation of the phenomenon, the behavior of the wind speed, and the depth of the density flow. The time propagation of the events and the influence of orography are obtained from a comparison between the data at different sites. The low-level circulation in the early morning is associated with the land breeze and appears to be enhanced by a mountain wind from the surrounding hills. The observed behavior of the vertical velocity field associated with the sea breeze is consistent with model predictions. © 1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67 - 80
Number of pages14
JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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Mastrantonio, G., Viola, A. P., Argentini, S., Fiocco, G., Giannini, L., Rossini, L., Abbate, G., Ocone, R., & Casonato, M. (1994). Observations of sea breeze events in Rome and the surrounding area by a network of Doppler sodars. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 71(1-2), 67 - 80. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00709220