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In what ways do some elements of the climate system relate to one another?

Apr 19th, 2015

Because of the Earth's rotation, the atmospheric circulation patterns tend to be more east-west than north-south. Embedded in the mid-latitude westerly winds we have large-scale weather systems that become active in order to transport heat toward the poles. Such weather systems are the familiar migrating low- and high-pressure systems and their associated cold and warm fronts. Because of land-ocean temperature contrasts and obstacles such as mountain ranges and ice sheets, the circulation system’s planetary-scale atmospheric waves tend to be geographically secured by continents and mountains although their amplitude can change with time. Thus, a particularly cold winter over North America may be associated with a particularly warm winter elsewhere in the hemisphere. Changes in various aspects of the climate system, such as the size of ice sheets, the type and distribution of vegetation or the temperature of the atmosphere or ocean will influence the large-scale circulation features of the atmosphere and oceans.

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