On the relationship between very low frequency North Pacific SSTA and global climate variations

Sang Wook Yeh, Ben P. Kirtman

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Abstract

The characteristics of multidecadal sea surface temperature (SST) varibility in the North Pacific along with its relationship to global climate variations are discussed, by using observations and a coupled general circulation model (CGCM) simulation. The spatial structure of the SST variability in the North Pacific is characterized by warm western and central North Pacific with an elliptical shape and anomalies to the opposite sign to the east, north and south. The results show that the variabilities is dominated by much longer timescales with a confined structure in the western North Pacific. The model results suggest that the multidecedal SST variability appears to be independent of tropical variability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4291-4301
Number of pages11
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventCombined Preprints: 84th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting - Seattle, WA., United States
Duration: Jan 11 2004Jan 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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