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Mechanisms of the Atmospheric Stationary Wave Responses to Greenhouse Warming

PI: Mingfang Ting
Institution: Columbia University
We would like to examine the atmospheric stationary wave responses to greenhouse warming using the IPCC AR4 experiments, particularly those with multiple ensemble members. Past results with the CMIP2 experiments show that there are large variations among the different models in their stationary wave responses. Given the marginal statistical significance of these responses, it is necessary to have multiple ensembles to get robust stationary wave responses. IPCC AR4 experiments provide an ideal dataset for this purpose. Once a statistically robust stationary wave responses are established, they will be compared to different models’responses and the maintenance mechanisms will be examined using simple stationary wave models.
  • Seager, R., M. Ting,I. Held, Y. Kushnir, J. Lu, G. Vecchi,H-P Huang, N. Harnik, A. Leetmaa, N.-C. Lau, C. Li, J. Velez, N. Naik, 2007: Model Projections of an Imminent Transition to a More Arid Climate in Southwestern North America. Science, 316, 1181-1184, DOI: 10.1126/science.1139601. Abstract. Full Article. Edit.
  • Ting, M., Y. Kushnir, R. Seager, C. Li, 2009: Forced and Internal20th Century SST Trends in the North Atlantic. J. Climate, DOI: 10.1175/2008JCLI2561.1. Abstract. Full Article. Edit.

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