Barotropic Aspects of ITCZ Breakdown

  title={Barotropic Aspects of ITCZ Breakdown},
  author={Rosana Nieto Ferreira and Wayne H. Schubert},
  journal={Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences},
  • R. FerreiraW. Schubert
  • Published 15 January 1997
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Abstract In satellite images the ITCZ (intertropical convergence zone) is sometimes observed to undulate and break down into a series of tropical disturbances. Tropical cyclones may later develop within these disturbances and move into higher latitudes allowing the ITCZ to reform. It has been proposed that ITCZ breakdown results from a convectively modified form of combined barotropic and baroclinic instability of the mean flow. An unstable mean flow can be produced by ITCZ convection in just a… 


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