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Séminaire

From cloud feedbacks to predictions of heat stress maxima: A mechanistic perspective on tropical climate

Stephan Fueglistaler 

Tropical rainfall is highly unevenly distributed, and correspondingly the tropics show a wide range – from rainforests to deserts – of local climates.

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Date début 26/05/2021 11:00
Date fin 26/05/2021
Organisateur Département de géosciences de l'ENS

Description

Tropical rainfall is highly unevenly distributed, and correspondingly the tropics show a wide range – from rainforests to deserts – of local climates. In this talk I explore to what extent constraints arising from convective quasi-equilibrium combined with weak temperature gradients in the free troposphere as a result of the weak Coriolis force provides the theoretical framework for a coherent interpretation of key aspects of tropical climate and changes therein: the coupling of land climate to the ocean; the contraction of tropical rainfall area with global warming; a strongly negative cloud radiative feedback in recent decades; and the prediction of future heat stress maxima. Reliable prediction of the heat stress extrema as a function of global mean warming are of paramount importance since there is an upper limit of human adaptability to heat stress.

Stephan Fueglistaler est Associate Professor of Geosciences à Princeton University. Il est en visite au LMD, invité par le département, du 17 mai au 5 juin 2021.

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