S120 SAM Global Teleconnection at Multidecadal Time Scales

Sunday, 6 January 2013
Exhibit Hall 3 (Austin Convention Center)
Robert E. Marter Jr., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and X. Yuan

This study investigates the global teleconnection of Southern Annular Mode (SAM). Reanalysis-2 data shows that there is a clear link between SAM and zonal and meridional winds in the tropical Indo-Pacific region. The coherent teleconnection pattern repeats for the three extreme SAM events in the instrumental period. The strongest teleconnection occurs in austral summers and during high SAM periods. A spectral analyses of the CMIP5 GISS-R pre-industrial and millennium model runs reveal that extreme SAM events are a natural variability occurring at multidecadal timescales. The GISS-R model, however, does not reproduce the observed teleconnection between SAM and the tropical Indo-Pacific region.
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