Meteorology: Tropical

Authored by: Zhuo Wang

Atmosphere and Climate

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138339675
eBook ISBN: 9780429440984
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429440984-29

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Abstract

Tropical meteorology is the study of weather and climate systems in the tropics. The tropics are the source of energy and angular momentum for the global atmospheric circulation. Due to the weak Coriolis force and warm sea surface temperature, the atmospheric processes in the tropics differ from those in higher latitudes in various ways. The major tropical weather and climate systems, including El Niño-Southern Oscillation, monsoons, the Hadley circulation, the Madden‒Julian oscillation (MJO), and tropical cyclones, are briefly described here.

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