Sensitivity of the South Asian monsoon to elevated and non-elevated heating

DSpace/Manakin Repository

Sensitivity of the South Asian monsoon to elevated and non-elevated heating

Citable link to this page

 

 
Title: Sensitivity of the South Asian monsoon to elevated and non-elevated heating
Author: Boos, William R.; Kuang, Zhiming

Note: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.

Citation: Boos, William R., and Zhiming Kuang. 2013. Sensitivity of the south asian monsoon to elevated and non-elevated heating. Scientific Reports 3:1192.
Full Text & Related Files:
Abstract: Elevated heating by the Tibetan Plateau was long thought to drive the South Asian summer monsoon, but recent work showed this monsoon was largely unaffected by removal of the plateau in a climate model, provided the narrow orography of adjacent mountain ranges was preserved. There is debate about whether those mountain ranges generate a strong monsoon by insulating the thermal maximum from cold and dry extratropical air or by providing a source of elevated heating. Here we show that the strength of the monsoon in a climate model is more sensitive to changes in surface heat fluxes from non-elevated parts of India than it is to changes in heat fluxes from adjacent elevated terrain. This result is consistent with the hypothesis that orography creates a strong monsoon by serving as a thermal insulator, and suggests that monsoons respond most strongly to heat sources coincident with the thermal maximum.
Published Version: doi:10.1038/srep01192
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3561641/pdf/
Terms of Use: This article is made available under the terms and conditions applicable to Other Posted Material, as set forth at http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:dash.current.terms-of-use#LAA
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11829053
Downloads of this work:

Show full Dublin Core record

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

 
 

Search DASH


Advanced Search
 
 

Submitters