The Atlantic ITCZ
Winter Semester 2016/2017
Tuesdays 12:30-14:00
Geomatikum H3, Bundesstrasse 55


Overview
An understanding of the processes and dynamics of the ITCZ over the summertime North Atlantic. How satellite and in situ data can be combined to understand the structure of the summertime circulation in the vicinity of the north Atlantic
Using field measurements from the NARVAL-II campaign as impetus the course will review the structure of the summer-time Atlantic ITCZ. Satellite remote sensing data sets will be evaluated in light of the modelling and measurements. Student contributions to the analysis of satellite and in situ data, as well as of model output, will be integrated into a scientific publication.

Grading & Course Expectations
The lectures will consist of a mix of prepared material and reading. Reading assignments will be posted on this class website, along with notes.

Credit for the course will be based on participation and completion and description of a small analysis project for inclusion in the final class report. For those wanting a grade better than a pass (2) please meet with the instructor to decide on a more substantial project.

Lectures
18.10.2016: Introduction and historical perspectives on the Atlantic ITCZ
25.10.2016: An overview of the Tropical Circulation in the Atlantic
01.11.2016: ICON 1km Tropical Atlantic Simulations, and Overview (M. Brueck)

Resources
Maps:
Initiates file downloadKoeppen (1885) Atlantic (JanFeb)
Initiates file downloadKoeppen (1885) Atlantic (JulAug)
Initiates file downloadKoeppen (1885) Passat
Initiates file downloadMaury (1857) Atlantic
Initiates file downloadHalley (1686)

Links to data and model output products:
Opens external link in current windowICON Simulations

Articles:
Opens external link in current windowHalley (1686)
Opens external link in current windowHadley (1735)
Opens external link in current windowReed and Recker (1977)
Opens external link in current windowMitchell and Wallace (1992)
Opens external link in current windowThe PIRATA Programm
Opens external link in current windowNicholson (2009)
Initiates file downloadAMI_SPO_20Apr05
Initiates file downloadAMI_EDO_20Apr05