Convective structure changes over the equatorial pacific with highly increased precipitation under global warming simulated in the HiRAM

Hien Xuan Bui, Jia Yuh Yu, Hsiao Wei Liu, Chia Ying Tu, Pin Ging Chiu, Huang Hsiung Hsu

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While most studies have argued a slower increase of 1-3% K-1 of precipitation globally, others note that this is not necessarily the case from a regional perspective. In this study, we examine the convective structure changes over the equatorial Pacific with highly increased precipitation under global warming using simulations from the High Resolution Atmospheric Model (HiRAM). The moisture budget analysis shows that the precipitation increases must result from a significant enhancement of convection, with a minor modulation from the thermodynamic effect. Two different types of enhanced convection are identified. Over the mean ascending region, precipitation increases are associated with an enhancement of deep convection; while over the mean descending region, the precipitation increases are a result of enhanced shallow convection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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