Title: A review of recent progress in our understanding of large-scale tropical atmospheric dynamics

Abstract: Our understanding of tropical atmospheric dynamics has improved significantly in the last decade. Two breakthroughs have contributed to this progress:  (1) The latent heat released in tropical convection is quickly transported around the tropics by gravity waves, the physical mechanism underpinning the weak temperature gradient (WTG) approximation, and (2) free tropospheric water vapor plays an important role in the occurrence and organization of tropical convection. This talk reviews the background between the two breakthroughs and their consequences in tropical motion systems.


Speaker Information
Ángel Adames-Corraliza
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
University of Michigan
Mike Pritchard
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 1:00pm