Earth's Climate: The Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction- from Basin to Global Scales (Geophysical Monograph) (Geophysical Monograph Series)

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 147.

It is more than 30 years since the publication of Jacob Bjerknes' groundbreaking ideas made clear the importance of ocean-atmosphere interaction in the tropics. It is now more than 20 years since the arrival of a massive El Niño in the fall of 1982 set off a cascade of observational and theoretical studies. During the following decades, the climate research community has made exceptional progress in refining our capacity to observe earth's climate and theorize about it, including new satellite-based and in situ monitoring systems and coupled ocean-atmosphere predictive numerical models. Of equal importance. is the expanding scope ofresearch, which now reaches far beyond the Pacific El Niño and includes climate phenomena in other ocean basins.

In order to cover the now global context of ocean-atmosphere interaction we have organized this monograph around five principal themes, each introduced by one or more broad overview papers. Theme I covers interaction and climate variability in the Pacific sector, with extensive discussion of El Niño-Southern Oscillation, and with the possible causes and consequences of variability on both shorter and longer timescales. Theme II is devoted to interaction in the Atlantic sector. This basin exhibits complex behavior, reflecting its geographic location between two major zones of convection as well as neighboring the tropical Pacific. Theme III reviews the recent, exciting progress in our understanding of climate variability in the Indian sector. Theme IV addresses the interaction between the tropics and the extratropics, which are linked through the presence of shallow meridional overturning cells in the ocean. Finally, Theme V discusses overarching issues of cross-basin interaction.

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The science of ocean-atmospheric interaction now extends from basin to global scales. Satellite-based and in situ monitoring systems as well as coupled ocean-atmosphere numerical models have greatly increased our understanding of climate variations in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian sectors as well as interactions cross-basin and between the tropics and extratropics. Earth's Climate: The Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction is the first monograph to summarize these new advances and how they have enhanced our understanding of climate variability worldwide.

Scientists, researchers and students of climate, oceanography, and atmospheric sciences will find this book a significant resource, now and in the future.

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

  • Observational and theoretical aspects of the ocean-atmosphere interaction that helps shape Earth's climate and its variations
  • Summaries of current research on ocean-atmosphere interaction and global climate variability
  • Beyond the Pacific El Niño, studies on climate variability in the Atlantic and Indian sectors
  • Climate variations due to interactions and exchanges between the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian sectors, and between the tropics and extratropics

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