Kyle Petrosky Physics major. Effect of Deep Convection on the Regulation of Tropical Sea S urface Temperature By John M. Wallace (1992) Formation and Limiting Mechanisms for Very High Sea surface Temperature: Linking the Dynamics and the Thermodynamics By Duane E. Waliser (1996).
Determine the spatial and temporal variability of very high tropical SSTs
Investigate the mechanisms leading to suppressed convective conditions, and thus the formation of very high SSTs
Access the relative roles of evaporation versus cloud forcing in limiting SST
Examine the coupling between local and remote forcing in both the production and subsequent cooling of high SST
Examine the evolution of the near-surface ocean circulation during the formation and decay of very high SST
Use as much actual data as possible
Determined to rectify previous mistakes by incorporating as much data as possible into the study.
Also determined only to use satellite data when applicable.
2 part analysis procedure
Identify hot spots in the SST record
2) Composite geophysical conditions associated with the evolution of these hot spots
Most directly above Australia or below India
Western Pacific Ocean provides more than its fair share of the global hotspots and on a more consistent basis.
Also ENSO contributes toward the number of hot spots and greatly increases their duration
Thermal contour maps showing a hot spot a month before, during, and a month following its formation in the Western Pacific Ocean
Same except graphing surface Wind speed instead of SST during, and a month following its formation in the Western Pacific Ocean
Same with Surface shortwave radiation during, and a month following its formation in the Western Pacific Ocean
Same except outgoing during, and a month following its formation in the Western Pacific Oceanlongwave radiation
Different area, Same idea with relative humidity. during, and a month following its formation in the Western Pacific Ocean