4 Atmospheric Blocking and Intercomparison of Objective Detection Methods: Flow Field Characteristics

Monday, 8 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Marielle C. Pinheiro, Univ. of California, Davis, CA; and P. Ullrich and R. Grotjahn

A number of objective methods for identifying and quantifying atmospheric blocking have been developed over the last couple of decades, but there is variable consensus on the resultant blocking climatology. This project examines blocking climatologies as produced by three different methods: two anomaly-based methods, and the geopotential height gradient method of Tibaldi and Molteni (1990). The results highlight the differences in blocking that arise from the choice of detection method, with emphasis on the physical characteristics of the flow field and the subsequent effects on the blocking patterns that emerge.
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