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Simulating the Role of Subtropical Stratocumulus Clouds in Driving Pacific Climate Variability
Description: This study examines the influence of the northeast and southeast Pacific subtropical stratocumulus cloud regions on the modes of Pacific climate variability simulated by an atmospheric general circulation model (ECHAM6) coupled to a slab ocean. The results suggest that a positive feedback among SST, cloud cover, and large-scale atmospheric circulation can explain decadal climate variability in the Pacific Ocean. In particular, cloud feedbacks over the subtropical stratocumulus regions set the time scale of climate variability. [Source: Journal of Climate]
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Source: Journal of Climate
Publish Date: 7/1/2014
Reading Level: Expert
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