Equatorial Superrotation and Maintenance of the General Circulation in Two-Level Models

@inproceedings{Saravanan1993EquatorialSA,
  title={Equatorial Superrotation and Maintenance of the General Circulation in Two-Level Models},
  author={R Shanmugam Saravanan},
  year={1993}
}
Abstract Suarez and Duffy have noted an interesting bifurcation in a two-level gridpoint general circulation model when strong tropical heating is imposed. This bifurcation results in a model climatology with strong upper-level westerlies in the tropics. In this paper, it is argued that this bifurcation is essentially due to the dominant role played by extratropical baroclinic transients in the tropical angular momentum budget. A series of numerical experiments is analyzed with a global two… CONTINUE READING

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