A Nonlinear, Conceptual Mid-Latitude Climate Model

Monday, February 11, 2002 - 9:30am - 10:30am
Keller 3-180
William Dewar (Florida State University)
Recent models of mid-latitude climate have speculated on the role of the North Atlantic ocean in modulating the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) Here this role is examined by means of numerical experimentation with a quasi-geostrophic ocean model underneath a highly idealized atmosphere. It is argued the dominant mid-latitude oceanic influence is due to the so-called inertial recirculations.