Thermotropic Model

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Thermotropic Model

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A model atmosphere used in numerical forecasting in which the parameters to be forecast are the height of one constant-pressure surface (usually 500 millibars) and one temperature (usually the mean temperature between 1000 and 500 millibars). Thus, a surface prognostic chart can also be constructed. The quasi-geostrophic approximation is employed and the thermal wind is assumed constant with height. See equivalent barotropic model. </dd>

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This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use