IARC Calendar        Day        Week       Month     
    Search        Update   

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Feb 2016
  S M T W T F S
W04 31 1 2 3 4 5 6
W05 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
W06 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
W07 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
W08 28 29 1 2 3 4 5

Today is:
Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Previous Event List
Future Event List

Subscribe & download
Filter events
Submit a seminar (IARC only)

Other Event Calendars:
APECS Workshops & Meetings
ARCUS Calendar
GI Atmos. Sci. Calendar
IAB Calendar
SFOS Calendar
UAF Weekly Science Calendar


Atmospheric Moisture Transport and its Impact on the Hydrological Cycle over the North Pacific: Roles of Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Nino

Cecilia Borries

Increasing air temperatures cause changes in the hydrological cycle by giving the atmosphere a greater moisture-holding capacity. Along with the greenhouse-gas-emissions forced long-term trends, the atmospheric temperature and water content over the North Pacific can also fluctuate under climate patterns such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

In order to better understand the role which these climatic patterns play in the North Pacific water budgets and pathways, we employed the NCAR Community Atmosphere Model 5.0 (CAM) and conducted sensitivity experiments to examine how atmospheric moisture transport responds to sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies associated with the PDO and ENSO phase transitions. We have found that changes in the storm tracks over the North Pacific due to changes in the sea surface temperatures vary the amount of moisture transport into Alaska.

As the PDO phase shifts from negative to positive, the moisture transport into Alaska tends to increase in both phases of ENSO. As the ENSO phase changes, the moisture transport decreases in all seasons during a negative PDO phase and increases in most seasons during a positive PDO phase. This study has important implications for improving understanding of precipitation events.

Location: 417 Akasofu Building
Time: 1:30pm
Website: http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/events/iarc-seminar-series/2012-2013
copy this event into your personal desktop calendar
powered by VTCalendar 2.2.1