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The Influence of Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction on MJO Development and Propagation
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA
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The long-term goal of this project is to understand the role of the atmosphere-ocean interaction processes in the initiation, maintenance and propagation of Madden Julian Oscillation MJO. Better understanding of the atmosphereocean feedbacks in the Tropics will allow formulating more accurate parameterizations of the air-sea interface in the forecasting models. It will contribute to improved predictability of the MJO and other coupled phenomena on various special and temporal scales. The objective of this research is to examine how the air sea interaction influences the atmospheric and oceanic processes involved in MJO initiation and propagation. The impact of surface fluxes on ocean equatorial waves and the development of atmospheric convection as well as the role of atmospheric convection in modifying the upper ocean are studied.
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