Balanced and transient aspects of the intertropical convergence zone
The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is one of the primary drivers of tropical circulations and because of its interactions with the extratropics, contributes significantly to Earth's general circulation. This dissertation investigates dynamical aspects of the ITCZ using a variety of analytical and numerical models. In the first chapter, we learn that deep and shallow balanced Hadley circulations are forced by deep diabatic heating and Ekman pumping at the top of the boundary layer, respectively. Also, when the ITCZ is located off of the equator there is an inherent asymmetry between the ...
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