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The Midlatitude Surface Westerlies: Why They Exist and How They Will Change as the Earth Warms

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020, 12:30

Tuesday, February 4, 2020. 12:30PM. The Midlatitude Surface Westerlies: Why They Exist and How They Will Change as the Earth Warms. Isaac Held, Princeton University. Sponsored by Princeton Environmental Institute. More information here

 

The midlatitude surface westerlies are a critical component of the atmosphere’s large-scale structure that are closely associated with subtropical aridity and ocean circulation. Models project poleward movement of the surface westerlies with climate warming. Held will discuss how our qualitative understanding of the distribution of surface winds has evolved over the past century — and the challenge of combining that understanding with computer simulations to inform future projections.

Location  Guyot Hall, Room 10, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ