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Parameterization of hemispheric heating and temperature variance fields in the lower troposphere

  • Barry Saltzman)


Indirect observational estimates are obtained of the covariance of diabatic heating and temperature at 850 mb, and of the implied value of the Newtonian cooling coefficient, for winter and summer mean conditions over the Northern Hemisphere. Combining the Newtonian approximation for heating and the Austausch approximation for the horizontal transient eddy heat transport we obtain a simple formula for the variance of the temperature at 850 mb in terms of the climatological mean temperature field at that level. Hemispheric fields computed from this formula seem to be an acceptable first approximation to the observations


Covariance Temperature Variance Northern Hemisphere Temperature Field Heat Transport 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Saltzman)
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  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeophysicsYale UniversityUSA

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