5.1 Brewer-Dobson Circulation Inter-Comparison Based on Reanalyses and Models (Invited Presentation)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017: 8:15 AM
Salon G-I (Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront)
Thomas Birner, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO

The strength and structure of the Brewer-Dobson circulation is often quantified in terms of residual circulation velocities at particular levels, the residual streamfunction, and/or age of air. Here, residual circulation transit times (RCTTs) are used as a measure of the strength and structure of the Brewer-Dobson circulation to compare different reanalysis products and select models from the Chemistry Climate Model Initiative (CCMI). The RCTT quantifies the advective part of the circulation and represents the contribution to age of air corresponding to transport along the residual circulation only. It serves well to distinguish the shallow and deep branches of the circulation. Other diagnostics based on the residual circulation trajectories, such as minimum pressure visited, pathways and path length, will also be compared. The difference between the mean age of air and the RCTT can be used as a measure for aging by mixing and will be compared as well where age of air estimates are available.
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