Response of the Intertropical Convergence Zone to Climate Change: Location, Width, and Strength

TitleResponse of the Intertropical Convergence Zone to Climate Change: Location, Width, and Strength
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
JournalCurrent Climate Change Reports
Volume4
Number4
Pages355-370
Date Published11/2018
Abstract / Summary

Over the last few years, an increasing body of work has documented observations, model simulations, and theories for the dynamical drivers of the ITCZ location and how it can change. More recently, a small number of studies have begun to focus on the ITCZ width as well. In this review paper, we synthesize this recent work, with a particular emphasis on the newly emerging work on ITCZ width and its changes. We also present new analysis of the changes in ITCZ width and strength in CMIP5 model simulations. We show that changes in ITCZ width and strength are tightly correlated across CMIP5 model simulations, and present a scaling equation to quantify this relationship. This work will frame future efforts to understand the relationship between width and strength change, as well as their influence on general circulation.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40641-018-0110-5
DOI10.1007/s40641-018-0110-5
Journal: Current Climate Change Reports
Year of Publication: 2018
Volume: 4
Number: 4
Pages: 355-370
Date Published: 11/2018

Over the last few years, an increasing body of work has documented observations, model simulations, and theories for the dynamical drivers of the ITCZ location and how it can change. More recently, a small number of studies have begun to focus on the ITCZ width as well. In this review paper, we synthesize this recent work, with a particular emphasis on the newly emerging work on ITCZ width and its changes. We also present new analysis of the changes in ITCZ width and strength in CMIP5 model simulations. We show that changes in ITCZ width and strength are tightly correlated across CMIP5 model simulations, and present a scaling equation to quantify this relationship. This work will frame future efforts to understand the relationship between width and strength change, as well as their influence on general circulation.

DOI: 10.1007/s40641-018-0110-5
Citation:
Byrne, MP, AG Pendergrass, AD Rapp, and KR Wodzicki.  2018.  "Response of the Intertropical Convergence Zone to Climate Change: Location, Width, and Strength."  Current Climate Change Reports 4(4): 355-370.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40641-018-0110-5.