Setting the Stage for a Global Science of Atmospheric Rivers

January 25, 2016

The above image, from the EOS article, is a depiction of an atmospheric river, interacting with West Coast mountains and a midlatitude cyclone over the northeast Pacific on 5 February 2015. This image provides an example of approximate locations of associated tropical moisture exports and a warm conveyor belt (WCB). Credit: Adapted from NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division

An EOS article from CW3E scientists Dettinger, Ralph and Lavers summarizes key outcomes from a unique workshop held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in June 2015. The Workshop brought together leading scientists and users of scientific outputs to discuss emerging advances in Atmospheric River (AR) science and applications. A “Meeting Report” about the workshop appeared in print in the EOS issue published on 1 January 2016: Click here to acccess the report.

Points of contact: F.M. Ralph (, M.D. Dettinger (, and D. Lavers ( at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD.