baroclinity


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baroclinity

[‚bar·ə′klin·əd·ē]
(physics)
The state of stratification in a fluid in which surfaces of constant pressure (isobaric surfaces) intersect surfaces of constant density (isosteric surfaces). Also known as baroclinicity; barocliny.
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The first process is baroclinity, where thermal wind relationship describes the vertical wind shear caused by the horizontal temperature gradient (Lin 2007).
They concluded that the jet was created by coastal topography with a possible additional role of baroclinity.
Schroeder et al., "A comparison of near-surface buoyancy and baroclinity across three VORTEX2 supercell intercepts," Monthly Weather Review, vol.
Weiss, "An assessment of low-level baroclinity and vorticity within a simulated supercell," Monthly Weather Review, vol.
Although the degree of storm-scale baroclinity available to produce the tornadic circulation increases as the outflow temperature decreases, the low-level temperature decrease makes it difficult to carry out the final contraction because the low-level vertical accelerations required to contract the circulation are inhibited by negatively buoyant air.