Distributions of Vertically Averaged Atmospheric Heating Estimated From Assimilated Datasets


Knowledge of the global distribution of heating is important for understanding the earth's planetary circulation. The advances in development and application of four-dimensional global data assimilation during and since the Global Weather Experiment (GWE), from December 1978 through November 1979, provided the means for studies of the global distributions of heating. Although uncertainty remains in the magnitude and temporal variability of heating, a qualitative understanding of the large-scale features has emerged.


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