Presentation on theme: "Welhouse, L.J. 1 *, Lazzara, M.A. 2, Tripoli, G.J. 1, Keller, L.M. 1 1 Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison."— Presentation transcript:
Welhouse, L.J. 1 *, Lazzara, M.A. 2, Tripoli, G.J. 1, Keller, L.M. 1 1 Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2 Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, Space Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Background on ENSO interactions in the Antarctic Data European center for midrange weather forecasting(ECMWF) reanalysis(ERA)-40 Automatic Weather Stations(AWS) Verification Composites Discussion/Conclusions Future work
ENSO positive events induce a Pacific South American (PSA) pattern. Negative events have a similar, though opposite, impact for much of the year. Karoly 1989
ERA-40 Use of 500 hPa geopotential heights Surface Temperatures Surface Pressures AWS data Used for verification, checked surface temperature
Time period of study: 1979-2002 This period is of higher accuracy than prior periods(Bromwich 2004) Upper Level data used: 500 hPA heights contoured in 10gpm Compared with prior work (Turner 2004) Surface data: Pressure and Temperature Used to both check for physical consistency with upper level and to determine surface effects Used in both composite analysis and point comparisons with AWS stations to ensure the model reproduces ground stations accurately.
Many sites were analyzed, all being in relative agreement Focus of Dome C, Dome C 2, Byrd, and Elaine gives us stations in three major regions where we see effects Data primarily used in verification process
BYRD STATION YEARS 1984-2002 A comparison between station data and ERA-40 grid points interpolated to the station location The first three data harmonics of each data set are removed to remove the annual cycle Stations shown are Byrd, Elaine, Dome C, and Dome C II All correlations between station and reanalysis are.8-.87
Doing composites slightly differently from prior work El Nino – neutral La Nina – neutral This can increase signal visibility in the composites Definition of ENSO events is 5 month running mean sea surface temperature deviation of.4 degrees Celsius for at least 6 month (Trenberth 1997)
Trenberth definition was compared with a basis of events being a Multivariate ENSO index of more than one standard deviation from the mean.(Wolter 1993) Focused on peak ENSO months, September- November(SON) and December-February(DJF) Circled regions indicate statistical significance at either 95% or 90% as indicated.
Composites seem to indicate El Nino and La Nina have different regional signals within Antarctica and especially in the case of La Nina these signals vary heavily within the season Surface effects seem to be largely dependent on the location of the upper level signal. Reasons for the difference in location of signal warrants further investigation Potentially associated with changes in the Walker Circulation.
Utilize ERA interim to expand the analysis into more recent ENSO events Expand composites to other surface variables Verify more stations to increase confidence in the model. Investigate variations between El Nino and La Nina that could account for East Antarctic signal
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. ANT-0636873 ECMWF ERA-40 data used in this study/project have been provided by ECMWF/have been obtained from the ECMWF data server.
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