Assistant Professor, University of Colorado - Boulder
Equatorial Islands and the Continua of Ocean-Climate Variability
Room 811 AOSS, April 10, 2017, 3:30 PM
Despite being mostly unresolvable by current-generation global climate models, islands situated within the equatorial waveguide play an outsized role in setting the mean regional to basin-scale climate, influencing its variability, and determining the local response to global radiative forcing. In some cases, the local island-ocean circulation interactions may even override the regional-scale response to global warming, with important implications for tropical marine ecosystems and their conservation. The dynamics and climatic manifestations of such interactions will be discussed, with examples drawn from a wide range of spatial and temporal scales from intraseasonal variability to paleoclimatic changes during the Plio-Pleistocene transition.