Testing the Fixed Anvil Temperature Hypothesis in a Cloud-Resolving Model

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Testing the Fixed Anvil Temperature Hypothesis in a Cloud-Resolving Model

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Title: Testing the Fixed Anvil Temperature Hypothesis in a Cloud-Resolving Model
Author: Hartmann, Dennis L.; Kuang, Zhiming

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Citation: Kuang, Zhiming M., and Dennis L. Hartmann. 2007. Testing the fixed anvil temperature hypothesis in a cloud-resolving model. Journal of Climate 20, no. 10: 2051-2057
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Abstract: Using cloud-resolving simulations of tropical radiative-convective equilibrium, it is shown that the anvil temperature changes by less than 0.5 K with a 2-K change in SST, lending support to the fixed anvil temperature (FAT) hypothesis. The results suggest that for plausible ozone profiles, a decrease in the air's emission capability instead of ozone heating shall remain the control on the detrainment level, and the FAT hypothesis should hold. The anvil temperature also remains unchanged with other changes in the system such as the doubled CO2 mixing ratio, doubled stratospheric water vapor concentration, and dynamical cooling due to the Brewer-Dobson circulations. The results are robust when a different microphysics scheme is used.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI4124.1
Other Sources: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~kuang/
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3203688
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