Anyone trying to use a lap-top on a long distance flight may have had their work adversely affected by turbulence during the cruise phase, which anecdotally always occurs just before the seat belt sign is illuminated. Of weather related accidents to aircraft carrying fare-paying passengers, seventy one percent were due to turbulence, according to Federal Aviation Authority statistics. The meeting will address naturally occurring turbulence outside the planetary boundary layer, as it affects aviation.
Classically the most unexpe cted form of turbulence is Clear Air Turbulence (CAT), most commonly associated with vertical wind shear such that relatively small Richardson numbers result. Nowadays we are very aware that what may appear to a pilot as CAT is often associated with convection or mountain waves, as well as simple shear. The meeting looks very much to the future of both the observation and prediction of turbulence, whatever the cause.
This meeting is sponspored by The Granham Institute for Climate Change, an Institute of Imperial College London. It is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate.
Non members are welcome to attend these meetings. Where seating capacity is limited, priority will be given to members.