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Absolute Humidity, Relative Humidity, Specific Humidity & Mixing Ratio

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  • Humidity is the amount of moisture (water vapor) in the air.

  • Saturation: When gas holds maximum water vapor at a given temperature (holding capacity increases with rising temperature)

Absolute Humidity

  • Mass of water vapor divided by a unit volume of air (grams of water/cm3 of air)

  • It does not take temperature into consideration

  • Absolute humidity in the atmosphere ranges from near zero to roughly 30 gm/m3 when the air is saturated at 30 °C

Relative Humidity

  • Ratio of the partial pressure of water vapor (H2O) in the mixture to the saturated vapor pressure of water at a given temperature

  • Function of both water content and temperature.

  • Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air divided by the maximum amount that the air could contain at that temperature.

  • Relative humidity is expressed as a percentage.

  • RH is 100% if the air is saturated with water vapor and 0% if no water vapor is present in the air at all.

Specific Humidity

  • Specific humidity (or moisture content) is the ratio of water vapor mass to the air parcel's total (i.e., including dry) mass

  • Also known as humidity ratio

  • Does not change with expansion or compression of air parcel

  • It is grams of water vapor per kilogram of air.

Mixing Ratio

  • Specific humidity is approximately equal to the "mixing ratio"

  • Ratio of the mass of water vapor in an air parcel to the mass of dry air for the same parcel.

Vapor Pressure

  • Measures water vapor content of air using partial pressure of the water vapor in the air

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