992 Summary and Highlights of the SPARC-Reanalysis Intercomparison Project

Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Hall 4 (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Masatomo Fujiwara, Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo, Japan; and G. L. Manney, L. J. Gray, J. Wright, J. Anstey, T. Birner, S. M. Davis, R. Dragani, E. P. Gerber, Y. Harada, V. L. Harvey, M. I. Hegglin, C. R. Homeyer, J. A. Knox, K. Krueger, A. Lambert, C. S. Long, B. Monge-Sanz, M. L. Santee, S. Tegtmeier, and K. Wargan

The climate research community uses global atmospheric reanalysis data sets to understand a wide range of processes and variability in the atmosphere; they are a particularly powerful tool for studying phenomena that cannot be directly observed. Different reanalyses may give very different results for the same diagnostics. The Stratosphere–troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) is a coordinated activity to compare key diagnostics that are important for stratospheric processes and their tropospheric connections among available reanalyses. S-RIP has been identifying differences among reanalyses and their underlying causes, providing guidance on appropriate usage of reanalysis products in scientific studies (particularly those of relevance to SPARC), and contributing to future improvements in the reanalysis products by establishing collaborative links between reanalysis centres and data users. S-RIP emphasizes diagnostics of the upper troposphere, stratosphere, and lower mesosphere. The draft S-RIP final report is expected to be completed in 2018. This poster gives a summary of the S-RIP project and presents highlights including results on the Brewer-Dobson circulation, stratosphere/troposphere dynamical coupling, the extra-tropical upper troposphere / lower stratosphere, the tropical tropopause layer, the quasi-biennial oscillation, lower stratospheric polar processing, and the upper stratosphere/lower mesosphere.
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