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Coupling of ocean-atmosphere heat transport

PI: Clare Heaviside
Institution: Imperial College London
Abstract:
We have identified the relevant contributions of moist and dry atmospheric regions to cross equatorial heat transport based on a modal decomposition of the meridional wind profile (first baroclinic mode) and a relative humidity criterion.

Our study emphasises the role of the Indo-Pacific moist region as the major heat carrier throughout the year. The Somali jet makes an equal contribution in June - August. A simple relationship is suggested between the size of the moist regions and the intensity of the (zonally integrated) cross equatorial heat transport.
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