Use of the M-curve of orographic precipitation

Ólafur Rögnvaldsson, Haraldur Ólafsson

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The M-curve has been developed to give the connection between the orographic precipitation gradient and the speed of the low level winds blowing perpendicular to the mountain. The curve is developed and calibrated with data from the Reykjanes Experiment (REX). The M-curv e is tested at other less idealized locations and it is applied to create a 50 year time series of precipitation in the mountains, giving result that compares reasonably well with groundwater observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578
Number of pages1
JournalHrvatski Meteoroloski Casopis
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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