Intraseasonal variability of sea surface temperature over the tropical western Pacific

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Abstract

The sea surface temperature (SST) in the tropical western Pacific displays a marked intraseasonal (30-60 days) variability and fluctuates, exhibiting a coupling with tropical convective activity on the same time scale with a phase difference of 10-20 days. The SSTs are above normal to the east of the eastward-propagating 30-60 day mode disturbances. An air-sea feedback system appears to be rather significant for the 30-60 day oscillation. It was also found that the air-sea coupling, with a phase difference on the 30-60 day time scale, was weak over the tropical western Pacific during the northern summer of 1981, the year preceding the ENSO event of 1982/83.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1012
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Meteorological Society of Japan
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Intraseasonal variability of sea surface temperature over the tropical western Pacific. / Kawamura, Ryuichi.

In: Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, Vol. 66, No. 6, 01.01.1988, p. 1007-1012.

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