Low and high frequency Madden-Julian oscillations in austral summer: interannual variations

Type Article
Date 2010-09
Language English
Author(s) Izumo Takeshi1, 2, Masson Sebastien2, Vialard Jerome2, de Boyer Montegut ClementORCID3, Behera Swadhin K.1, Madec Gurvan2, Takahashi Keiko4, Yamagata Toshio1, 5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Res Inst Global Change JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
2 : IRD CNRS UPMC, LOCEAN, Paris, France.
3 : IFREMER, Brest, France.
4 : Earth Simulator Ctr JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
5 : Univ Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
Source Climate Dynamics (0930-7575) (Springer), 2010-09 , Vol. 35 , N. 4 , P. 669-683
DOI 10.1007/s00382-009-0655-z
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Keyword(s) Intraseasonal Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO), Seychelles-Chagos thermocline ridge/thermocline dome of the Indian Ocean, Indian Ocean dipole (IOD), El Nino southern oscillation (ENSO), Diurnal cycle, Oceanic diurnal warm layers, Air-sea interactions, Ocean-atmosphere coupling, Interannual variations, Mixed layer, Australian weather
Abstract The Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO) is the main component of intraseasonal variability of the tropical convection, with clear climatic impacts at an almost-global scale. Based on satellite observations, it is shown that there are two types of austral-summer MJO events (broadly defined as 30-120 days convective variability with eastward propagation of about 5 m/s). Equatorial MJO events have a period of 30-50 days and tend to be symmetric about the equator, whereas MJO events centered near 8A degrees S tend to have a longer period of 55-100 days. The lower-frequency variability is associated with a strong upper-ocean response, having a clear signature in both sea surface temperature and its diurnal cycle. These two MJO types have different interannual variations, and are modulated by the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD). Following a negative IOD event, the lower-frequency southern MJO variability increases, while the higher-frequency equatorial MJO strongly diminishes. We propose two possible explanations for this change in properties of the MJO. One possibility is that changes in the background atmospheric circulation after an IOD favour the development of the low-frequency MJO. The other possibility is that the shallower thermocline ridge and mixed layer depth, by enhancing SST intraseasonal variability and thus ocean-atmosphere coupling in the southwest Indian Ocean (the breeding ground of southern MJO onset), favour the lower-frequency southern MJO variability.
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Izumo Takeshi, Masson Sebastien, Vialard Jerome, de Boyer Montegut Clement, Behera Swadhin K., Madec Gurvan, Takahashi Keiko, Yamagata Toshio (2010). Low and high frequency Madden-Julian oscillations in austral summer: interannual variations. Climate Dynamics, 35(4), 669-683. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-009-0655-z , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00013/12416/