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Arabian Sea mini warm pool and the monsoon onset vortex

Vinayachandran, PN and Shankar, D and Kurian, J and Durand, F and Shenoi, SSC (2007) Arabian Sea mini warm pool and the monsoon onset vortex. In: Current Science, 93 (2). pp. 203-214.


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Warm pools – regions with sea surface temperature (SST) in excess of 28°C – in the ocean occupy a special place in tropical climate owing to their impact on tropical convection. The southeastern Arabian Sea presents SST in excess of 30°C for two to three months preceding the onset of the summer (southwest) monsoon over India. Recently, several attempts have been made to understand the processes that cause such high SSTs in the region. The literature is also strewn with observations and modelling of a ‘monsoon onset vortex’ forming over the warm pool. This paper is a review of our current understanding of the Arabian Sea mini warm pool and its possible role in the formation of the monsoon onset vortex.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Arabian Sea;mini warm pool;monsoon onset vortex.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/15321

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