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Low-frequency suppression of Southern Hemisphere tropospheric eddy heat flux

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Zurita Gotor, Pablo (2017) Low-frequency suppression of Southern Hemisphere tropospheric eddy heat flux. Geophysical research letter, 44 (4). pp. 2007-2015. ISSN 0094-8276

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016GL072247


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This paper analyzes the variability of the zonal cospectrum of Southern Hemisphere tropospheric eddy heat flux in reanalysis data. It is shown that the reduced spectral power of low-frequency eddy heat flux variability largely arises from the anticorrelation in the eddy heat transports by different zonal wave numbers. Although the most plausible mechanism for this relation invokes baroclinicity as a mediating agent, this hypothesis does not seem to be supported by the observed variability of baroclinicity. Low-frequency baroclinicity variability is primarily driven by the mean meridional circulation, with only a minor role for the eddy heat flux.


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©2017. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
We are grateful to the Editor and to two anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful comments and for helpful suggestions that improved the manuscript. We thank the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts for making the reanalysis data available.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Amplitude wave activity; Mean flow; Variability; Circulation; Atmosphere; Feedback
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Geophysics
Sciences > Physics > Meteorology
ID Code:42351
Deposited On:26 Apr 2017 16:43
Last Modified:01 Oct 2017 23:01

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