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DOI: 10.1007/s00382-018-4381-2

Dynamical downscaling of historical climate over CORDEX Central America domain with a regionally coupled atmosphere–ocean model [in press]

Cabos, William; Sein, Dmitry V.; Durán-Quesada, Ana; Liguori, Giovanni; Koldunov, Nikolay V.; Martínez-López, Benjamín; Alvarez, Francisco; Sieck, Kevin; Limareva, Natalia; Pinto, Joaquim G.

The climate in Mexico and Central America is influenced by the Pacific and the Atlantic oceanic basins and atmospheric conditions over continental North and South America. These factors and important ocean–atmosphere coupled processes make the region’s climate a great challenge for global and regional climate modeling. We explore the benefits that coupled regional climate models may introduce in the representation of the regional climate with a set of coupled and uncoupled simulations forced by reanalysis and global model data. Uncoupled simulations tend to stay close to the large-scale patterns of the driving fields, particularly over the ocean, while over land they are modified by the regional atmospheric model physics and the improved orography representation. The regional coupled model adds to the reanalysis forcing the air–sea interaction, which is also better resolved than in the global model. Simulated fields are modified over the ocean, improving the representation of the key regional structures such as the Intertropical Convergence Zone and the Caribbean Low Level Jet. Higher resolution leads to improvements over land and i ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0930-7575, 1432-0894
KITopen ID: 1000085719
HGF-Programm 12.01.02; LK 01
Erschienen in Climate dynamics
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 24.08.2018
Schlagworte Regional coupled model; Central America and Mexico climate; Impact of coupling; Added value
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