The Shape of Continents, Air-Sea Interaction, and the Rising Branch of the Hadley Circulation

  • Shang-Ping Xie
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 21)


This chapter begins with a brief history of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) research. It then goes on to summarize recent progress in understanding why the ITCZ is locked in the Northern Hemisphere in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and how this northward-displaced ITCZ affects the space-time structure of tropical climate variability.


Hadley Circulation Monthly Weather Review Stratus Cloud Stratocumulus Cloud Double ITCZ 
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  • Shang-Ping Xie
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  1. 1.International Pacific Research Center and Department of MeteorologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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