Articles | Volume 19, issue 9
Research article
29 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 29 Sep 2015

High-resolution modelling of interactions between soil moisture and convective development in a mountain enclosed Tibetan Basin

T. Gerken, W. Babel, M. Herzog, K. Fuchs, F. Sun, Y. Ma, T. Foken, and H.-F. Graf

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Surface moisture is an important control for the development of clouds and precipitation on the Tibetan Plateau. While dry surface conditions do not provided enough water for the development of precipitation and convection, wet surface conditions lead to increased cloud cover and a decrease in solar irradiation, which also reduces convection development. It was found that intermediate soil moistures are associated with the strongest convection.