Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

, Volume 54, Issue 9, pp 1223–1243 | Cite as

Global Circulation of Latent Heat in the Earth’s Atmosphere According to Data from Satellite Radiothermovision

  • D. M. ErmakovEmail author


The methodical bases and some results of using satellite radiothermovision to study global atmospheric latent heat circulation according to the data of regular satellite radiothermal monitoring are described. This approach does not use an a priori model of circulation; it implements an objective procedure for the analysis of the dynamics of periodically measured fields of total precipitable water. The reconstructed directions and the values of the mean-zonal transport velocity, the average position of the thermal equator at ~5° N, and the positions of the axis of the intertropical convergence zone over individual oceans are very consistent with the known results of independent observations and numerical modeling. Some problematic aspects of the analysis procedure are discussed.


latent heat advection long-term satellite monitoring atmospheric dynamics satellite radiothermovision 



The development of the software used in this work was supported in part by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, grant no. 15-07-04422. We are grateful to an anonymous reviewer for helpful commentary that improved the work.


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  1. 1.Fryazino Branch, Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Russian Academy of SciencesFryazinoRussia

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