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Impact of diurnal forcing on intraseasonal sea surface temperature oscillations in the Bay of Bengal

Thushara, V and Vinayachandran, PN (2014) Impact of diurnal forcing on intraseasonal sea surface temperature oscillations in the Bay of Bengal. In: JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 119 (12). pp. 8221-8241.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1002/2013JC009746


The diurnal cycle is an important mode of sea surface temperature (SST) variability in tropical oceans, influencing air-sea interaction and climate variability. Upper ocean mixing mechanisms are significant at diurnal time scales controlling the intraseasonal variability (ISV) of SST. Sensitivity experiments using an Ocean General Circulation Model (OGCM) for the summer monsoon of the year 2007 show that incorporation of diurnal cycle in the model atmospheric forcings improves the SST simulation at both intraseasonal and shorter time scales in the Bay of Bengal (BoB). The increase in SST-ISV amplitudes with diurnal forcing is approximate to 0.05 degrees C in the southern bay while it is approximate to 0.02 degrees C in the northern bay. Increased intraseasonal warming with diurnal forcing results from the increase in mixed layer heat gain from insolation, due to shoaling of the daytime mixed layer. Amplified intraseasonal cooling is dominantly controlled by the strengthening of subsurface processes owing to the nocturnal deepening of mixed layer. In the southern bay, intraseasonal variability is mainly determined by the diurnal cycle in insolation, while in the northern bay, diurnal cycle in insolation and winds have comparable contributions. Temperature inversions (TI) develop in the northern bay in the absence of diurnal variability in wind stress. In the northern bay, SST-ISV amplification is not as large as that in the southern bay due to the weaker diurnal variability of mixed layer depth (MLD) limited by salinity stratification. Diurnal variability of model MLD is not sufficient to create large modifications in mixed layer heat budget and SST-ISV in the northern bay.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: diurnal cycle; Bay of Bengal; intraseasonal variations; salinity effects
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 06:47
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:47
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50964

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