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Idealized Atmospheric Models and Tropical Cyclone Climatology

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 12:00

Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 12:00 PM. Idealized Atmospheric Models and Tropical Cyclone Climatology. Isaac Held, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Sponsored by NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. More information here.


Starting with the realistically configured HiRAM model, a number of idealized models have been used to probe fundamental controls on tropical cyclone climatology. These include aquaplanets with realistic meridional temperature gradients, aquaplanets with uniform SSTs, and f-plane radiative-convective equilibria with fixed SSTs and with slab ocean boundary conditions. Five papers have been published on this work, led by graduate students and post-docs (Zhou, Ballinger, Merlis). I will try to place this series of papers in a broader context, emphasizing open questions. 

Location  Smagorinsky Seminar Room, GFDL, Princeton, NJ