Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) is a measure of the amount of energy available for convection. CAPE is directly related to the maximum potential vertical speed within an updraft; thus, higher values indicate greater potential for severe weather. Observed values in thunderstorm environments often may exceed 1000 joules per kilogram (J/kg), and in extreme cases may exceed 5000 J/kg.
- Environmental issues
- Agriculture issues
- Water cycle
- Energy cycle
- Weather forecast
- Global climate change
GES DISC Datasets
To access products that have specific parameter click on the corresponding 'data access' links in the table below.
|Begin Date ||End Date ||Access ||Doc |
|Convective Available Potential Energy ||J/Kg ||NLDAS ||1979 ||present || ftp ||Y |
Other sources for data