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Coupled seasonal and intraseasonal variability in the South China Sea
Wei, Jun; Wang, Dongxiao; Li, Mingting; Malanotte-Rizzoli, Paola; junwei@pku.edu.cn
2015
Source PublicationCLIMATE DYNAMICS
Volume44Issue:9-10Pages:2463-2477
Subtype0930-7575
AbstractBased on 10 year climatological data and simulations from a regional atmosphere-ocean coupled model (FVCOM-RegCM3), this study examined the coupled seasonal and intraseasonal variability of atmospheric-oceanic variables [sea surface temperature (SST), winds, rainfall and heat fluxes] and important roles of coupling in the South China Sea. It is showed that even though both coupled and uncoupled models in general are able to capture observed seasonal and intraseasonal variability, the coupled model demonstrates stronger coupling relationship than the uncoupled model. For seasonal variability, the atmosphere-ocean relationship is presented as SST forcing atmosphere. Atmospheric variables are significantly influenced by strong seasonally-varied SST. The coupled model very accurately reproduced the observed SST variation with a stable equilibrium state, while SST from the uncoupled model gradually drifted away from the equilibrium state lacking of the so-called negative SST-heat flux feedback. Lead-lag analysis showed that the coupled variables demonstrated stronger SST-atmosphere relationship than the uncoupled and even observed variables. For intraseasonal variability, the atmosphere-ocean relationship is presented as atmosphere forcing SST. Wind becomes a dominant forcing and demonstrates robust negative relationship with SST and positive relationship with rainfall/LHF. Both coupled and uncoupled models are able to reproduce this observed relationship. In wind-SST relationship, compared to uncoupled and observed variables, the coupled model produced the smallest SST variances and therefore the strongest negative coupling feedback. Sensitivity experiments were also carried out to examine the roles of coupling by directly comparing differences between the coupled and uncoupled experiments with initial temperature perturbations. It is showed that the differences can be up to 50 % of the standard deviations of the variables. Root-mean-square errors of the uncoupled model can be effectively reduced by similar to 65 % in the coupled model.
Department[Wei, Jun; Li, Mingting] Peking Univ, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China; [Wei, Jun; Malanotte-Rizzoli, Paola] Singapore MIT Alliance Res & Technol, Singapore, Singapore; [Wang, Dongxiao] Chinese Acad Sci, South China Sea Inst Oceanol, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Malanotte-Rizzoli, Paola] MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA ; LTO
KeywordSeasonal Variability Intraseasonal Variability Atmosphere-ocean Coupling Regional Coupled Model South China Sea
Subject AreaMeteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/15099
Collection热带海洋环境国家重点实验室(LTO)
Corresponding Authorjunwei@pku.edu.cn
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Wei, Jun,Wang, Dongxiao,Li, Mingting,et al. Coupled seasonal and intraseasonal variability in the South China Sea[J]. CLIMATE DYNAMICS,2015,44(9-10):2463-2477.
APA Wei, Jun,Wang, Dongxiao,Li, Mingting,Malanotte-Rizzoli, Paola,&junwei@pku.edu.cn.(2015).Coupled seasonal and intraseasonal variability in the South China Sea.CLIMATE DYNAMICS,44(9-10),2463-2477.
MLA Wei, Jun,et al."Coupled seasonal and intraseasonal variability in the South China Sea".CLIMATE DYNAMICS 44.9-10(2015):2463-2477.
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