The James Holton Symposium


Jim Holton's fascination with equatorial waves

John Michael Wallace, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA

Jim Holton was among the first to recognize the significance of equatorially trapped Kelvin-, Rossby- and mixed Rossby-gravity waves in the stratospheric quasi-biennial oscillation and, more generally, in the circulation of the tropical atmosphere and oceans. Although he worked on many different projects over the years, Holton maintained an interest in equatorial waves. In the last month of his life, he performed a series of experiments with a shallow water wave equation model designed to explore the reasons for their remarkable degree of equatorial symmetry. The motivation for these experiments and the dynamical interpretation of the results will be discussed and related to the structure, seasonality, and interannual variability of the equatorial tropospheric stationary waves in the NCEP and ERA-40 Reanalyses.wrf recording  Recorded presentation

Session 1, James Holton Oral Presentations
Monday, 30 January 2006, 8:30 AM-12:15 PM, A302

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