Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:00pm
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HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge

Harvard Climate Seminar

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences present "Seasonally Migrating Convergence Zones on Earth and Other Terrestrial Planets" with Simona Bordoni, California Institute of Technology.

Abstract: Idealized modeling studies have provided the basis for significant progress on our conceptual understanding of the fundamental dynamics of tropical circulations and associated convergence zones. Here, we study seasonally migrating convergence zones in an idealized atmospheric general circulation model in a wide range of configurations and climates. In particular, we explore dynamical and thermodynamical mechanisms mediating the response of tropical precipitation to changes in surface heat capacity, planetary rotation rate and atmospheric long wave optical depth. Implications for observed monsoons on Earth and seasonal weather patterns on terrestrial planets will also be discussed. 

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Contact Name: 

Sabinna Cappo

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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