191 Horizontal Scale of Rossby Waves Associated with the Annual Cycle in the Tropical Tropopause Layer

Thursday, 29 June 2017
Salon A-E (Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront)
Joowan Kim, Kongju National University, Gongju, Korea, Republic of (South); and W. J. Randel, T. Birner, and M. Abalos

The zonal wavenumber spectrum of atmospheric wave forcing is examined to understand the annual cycle of upwelling in the tropical tropopause layer. Tropopause upwelling is derived based on the wave forcing computed from ERA-Interim using the momentum and mass conservation equations in the transformed Eulerian-mean framework. The calculated upwelling agrees well with other upwelling estimates and successfully captures the annual cycle, with a maximum during Northern Hemisphere (NH) winter. The spectrum of wave forcing reveals that the zonal wavenumber-3 component drives a large portion of the annual cycle in upwelling. The wave activity flux shows that the associated waves originate from the NH extratropics and the Southern Hemisphere tropics during December–February, with both regions contributing significant wavenumber-3 fluxes. These wave fluxes are nearly absent during June–August. Wavenumbers 1 and 2 and synoptic-scale waves have a notable contribution to tropopause upwelling but have little influence on the annual cycle, except the wavenumber-4 component.

The quasi-geostrophic refractive index suggests that the NH extratropical wavenumber-3 component can enhance tropopause upwelling because these planetary-scale waves are largely trapped in the lower stratosphere while being refracted toward the subtropics. Regression analysis suggests that the wavenumber-3 waves are related to tropical convection and wave breaking along the subtropical jet in the NH extratropics.

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