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Single-layer axisymmetric model for a Hadley circulation with parameterized eddy momentum forcing

Sobel, Adam H. and Schneider, Tapio (2009) Single-layer axisymmetric model for a Hadley circulation with parameterized eddy momentum forcing. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 1 (3). Art. No. 10. ISSN 1942-2466. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161004-105301466

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Abstract

An axisymmetric single-layer model is used to study interactions of the Hadley circulation with extratropical eddies. Eddy momentum fluxes are parameterized using a simple closure motivated by calculations with an idealized dry general circulation model (GCM). Calculations are performed in which the heating is parameterized as Newtonian relaxation of temperatures toward a prescribed radiative-convective equilibrium (RCE) state. The latitude at which the maximum RCE temperature occurs is varied to represent seasonal variations. In the axisymmetric model, as in the GCM, qualitative changes in the zonal momentum budget occur as the RCE temperature maximum moves away from the equator past a threshold latitude. For RCE temperature maxima closer to the equator, eddy momentum fluxes play a dominant role in the zonal momentum budget, nonlinearity is weak, and the meridional circulation is a weak function of the degree of asymmetry about the equator. For RCE temperature maxima sufficiently far from the equator, the zonal momentum budget becomes more nonlinear, angular momentum is more nearly conserved, and the circulation is a stronger function of the degree of asymmetry about the equator. Since the axisymmetric model can capture this behavior while being much simpler than the GCM, it may be a useful step towards a more comprehensive theory of the zonal-mean general circulation.


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Additional Information:© 2009 American Geophysical Union. Manuscript submitted 26 May 2009; in final form 11 August 2009. First published: March 2009. We are grateful for support by the National Science Foundation via grant nos. ATM-0450059 (TS) and ATM-0542736 (AHS) and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship (TS). Much of the work was done during the academic year 2007-2008 while the first author was a sabbatical visitor at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology, in Melbourne, Australia, and he thanks the scientists and administrative staff of that institution for their support and hospitality. We thank Paul O'Gorman for helpful discussion about and suggestions for the eddy momentum flux parameterization we used. We thank Paul O’Gorman for helpful discussion about and suggestions for the eddy momentum flux parameterization we used.
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Subject Keywords:Idealized model
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Official Citation:Sobel, A. H., and T. Schneider (2009), Single-layer axisymmetric model for a Hadley circulation with parameterized eddy momentum forcing, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 1, 10, doi:10.3894/JAMES.2009.1.10.
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