Thursday, January 19, 2006
Victoria's Secret: On the recent shift in the state of the North Pacific Ocean
The SST and SLP anomaly patterns of the North Pacific are examined, with a focus on the last decade. The primary changes that occurred in the 1990s for winter primarily involved the second mode of variability, rather than the first mode, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). The summertime state of the North Pacific has featured a warming trend, as also represented by the second mode of variability for that season. The observed variations in the North Pacific climate system are mimicked to varying degrees by the various 20th century runs of coupled atmosphere-ocean GCMs that are being used in global change projections.
Nick Bond is a researcher with NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Nick earned a Ph.D. in 1986 from the UW's Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Nick's early career focused on mesoscale storm structures over the ocean based on research aircraft observations. Lately Nick has concentrated on climate variations, especially pertaining to fisheries-oceanography topics in Alaskan waters. Nick remains involved (and interested) in a variety of topics from low-latitude air-sea interactions to the effects of terrain on coastal weather. Nick also finds it more and more difficult to get open for a jump shot.