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