Meridional energy transport in the coupled atmosphere–ocean system: scaling and numerical experiments

  title={Meridional energy transport in the coupled atmosphere–ocean system: scaling and numerical experiments},
  author={Geoffrey K. Vallis and Riccardo Farneti},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society},
  • G. Vallis, R. Farneti
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
We explore meridional energy transfer in the coupled atmosphere–ocean system, with a focus on the extratropics. We present various elementary scaling arguments for the partitioning of the energy transfer between atmosphere and ocean, and illustrate those arguments by numerical experimentation. The numerical experiments are designed to explore the effects of changing various properties of the ocean (its size, geometry and diapycnal diffusivity), the atmosphere (its water vapour content) and the… 
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