Accession Number : ADA119755

Title :   Diagnostics of the Heat Sources and Sinks of the Asiatic Monsoon and the Thermally-Forced Planetary Scale Response.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Johnson,Donald R ; Townsend,Ronald D

PDF Url : ADA119755

Report Date : Jan 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 72

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to provide a descriptive analysis of the planetary scale isentropic mass circulation and energy transport forced by the global distribution of differential heating and to establish a link between mass circulation, energy transport and boundary processes in the satisfaction of global energy balance. Some insight into the global distribution of heating will be provided from the patterns of mass and energy transport, although at the time of preparation of this paper, explicit computations of the diabatic heating have not been completed. In the earlier work of Zillman (1972) and Otto (1974), planetary scale mass circulations associated with the irrotational mode of mass transport were determined from the climatological distribution of diabatic heating. While the fields of the irrotational mode in their work and ours are similar, a detailed comparative discussion of quantitative results has not been included due to the time constraint for completion of this paper for the Bergen Conference. (Author).

Descriptors :   *Atmospheric motion, *Convection(Atmospheric), Mass transfer, Heat sinks, Upper atmosphere, Global, Energy transfer, Energy levels, Monsoons, Seasonal variations, Asia, Heat transfer

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE