Steady-state and time-dependent Hadley circulations are investigated with an idealized dry GCM, in which thermal forcing is represented as relaxation of temperatures toward a radiative-equilibrium state. The latitude phi(0) of maximum radiative-equilibrium temperature is progressively displaced off the equator or varied in time to study how the Hadley circulation responds to seasonally varying forcing; axisymmetric simulations are compared with eddy-permitting simulations. In axisymmetric steady-state simulations, the Hadley circulations for all phi(0) approach the nearly inviscid, angular-momentum-conserving limit, despite the presence of finite vertical diffusion of momentum and dry static energy. In contrast, in corresponding eddy-permitting simulations, the Hadley circulations undergo a regime transition as phi(0) is increased, from an equinox regime (small phi(0)) in which eddy momentumfluxes strongly influence both Hadley cells to a solstice regime (large phi(0)) in which the cross-equatorial winter Hadley cell more closely approaches the angular-momentum-conserving limit. In axisymmetric time-dependent simulations, the Hadley cells undergo transitions between a linear equinox regime and a nonlinear, nearly angular-momentum-conserving solstice regime. Unlike in the eddy-permitting simulations, time tendencies of the zonal wind play a role in the dynamics of the transitions in the axisymmetric simulation. Nonetheless, the axisymmetric transitions are similar to those in the eddy-permitting simulations in that the role of the nonlinear mean momentum flux divergence in the zonal momentum budget shifts from marginal in the equinox regime to dominant in the solstice regime. As in the eddy-permitting simulations, a mean-flow feedback-involving the upper-level zonal winds, the lower-level temperature gradient, and the poleward boundary of the cross-equatorial Hadley cell-makes it possible for the circulation fields to change at the transition more rapidly than can be explained by the steady-state response to the thermal forcing. However, the regime transitions in the axisymmetric simulations are less sharp than those in the eddy-permitting simulations because eddy-mean flow feedbacks in the eddy-permitting simulations additionally sharpen the transitions.
Regime transitions of steady and time-dependent hadley circulations: Comparison of axisymmetric and eddy-permitting simulations / Bordoni, S.; Schneider, T.. - In: JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES. - ISSN 0022-4928. - 67:5(2010), pp. 1643-1654.
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|Titolo:||Regime transitions of steady and time-dependent hadley circulations: Comparison of axisymmetric and eddy-permitting simulations|
|Autori:||Bordoni, S.; Schneider, T.|
|Titolo del periodico:||JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES|
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Numero e parte del fascicolo:||5|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-77955577082|
|Codice identificativo WOS:||WOS:000278324200021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/2009JAS3294.1|
|Citazione:||Regime transitions of steady and time-dependent hadley circulations: Comparison of axisymmetric and eddy-permitting simulations / Bordoni, S.; Schneider, T.. - In: JOURNAL OF THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES. - ISSN 0022-4928. - 67:5(2010), pp. 1643-1654.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista (Journal article)|