Atmospheric Rivers

NASA visualization still frame showing an atmospheric river traveling toward the West Coast of the United States. Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Updated: 31 August 2017

This collection brings together papers about atmospheric rivers published in Geophysical Research Letters over the past three decades. Beginning with Newell et al’s seminal study – which termed these filamentary tropospheric water vapor fluxes “rivers” – research into the processes that govern atmospheric rivers has increased as their importance for moisture transport, extreme rainfall, and flooding have been recognized.  While much of this research has focused on the West Coast of the United States, atmospheric rivers are increasingly considered critical to understanding the climate and hydrology of other regions around the globe. The papers in this special collection have been hand-selected by the journal editors.

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