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Seager et al. 1988

Seager, R., S.E. Zebiak, and M.A. Cane, 1988: A model of the tropical Pacific sea surface temperature climatology. J. Geophys. Res., 93, 1265-1280, doi:10.1029/JC093iC02p01265.

A model for the climatological mean sea surface temperature (SST) of the tropical Pacific Ocean is developed. The opper ocean response is computed usaing a time-dependent, linear, reduced gravity model, with the addition of a constant depth frictional surface layer. The full three-dimensional temperature equation and a surface heat flux parameterization that requires specification of only wind speed and total cloud cover are used toe evaluate the SST. Specification of atmospheric parameters, such as air temperature and humidity, over which the ocean has direct influence is avoided. The model simulates the major features of the observed tropical Pacific SST. The seasonal evolution of these features is generally captured by the model. Analysis of the results demonstrates the control the ocean has over the surface heat flux from ocean to atmosphere and the crucial role that dynamics play in determining the mean SST in the equatorial Pacific. The sensitivity of the model to perturbations in the surface heat flux, cloud cover specification, diffusivity, and mixed layer depth is discussed.

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  author={Seager, R. and Zebiak, S. E. and Cane, M. A.},
  title={A model of the tropical Pacific sea surface temperature climatology},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},

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RIS Citation

ID  - se08000d
AU  - Seager, R.
AU  - Zebiak, S. E.
AU  - Cane, M. A.
PY  - 1988
TI  - A model of the tropical Pacific sea surface temperature climatology
JA  - J. Geophys. Res.
JO  - Journal of Geophysical Research
VL  - 93
SP  - 1265
EP  - 1280
DO  - 10.1029/JC093iC02p01265
ER  -

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