2001 Program
in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Conceptual Models of the Climate

Neil J. Balmforth, Director

Paola Cessi, Ray Pierrehumbert, Eli Tziperman, Principal Lecturers

Janet Fields, Administrator

Jean-Luc Thiffeault, Editor

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA

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Preface by Neil J. Balmforth

Lectures by Eli Tziperman

Lecture 0: A very brief introduction
Lecture 1: El Nino - Southern Oscillations: phenomenology and dynamical background
Lecture 2: ENSO toy models
Lecture 3: ENSO’s irregularity and phase locking

Lectures by Paola Cessi

Lecture 4: Thermohaline Circulation Variability
Lecture 5: Thermohaline Variabilityaa

Lectures by Raymond T. Pierrehumbert

Lecture 6: Energy Balance Models
Lecture 7: Basic Principles of Climate

Lectures by Eli Tziperman

Lecture 8: Glacial-interglacial variability: phenomenology and dynamical background
Lecture 9: Mechanisms and toy models of the glacial cycles

Lectures by Raymond T. Pierrehumbert

Lecture 10: Paleoclimates and Mars

Fellows' Reports

Slipping instability in a system of two superposed fluid layers
Chiara Toniolo, Istituto di Cosmogeofisica/CNR, Italy

The Time Evolution of Water Vapor \Black Holes" in the Upper Troposphere
Edwin P. Gerber, Princeton University

Nonlinear effects on ENSO's period
Fiona Eccles, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Abyssal flow in a two-layer model with sloping boundaries and a mid-ocean ridge
Helen C. Andersson, Goteborg University, Sweden

Convective oscillations in a laboratory model
Lianke te Raa, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Diagnosing El Nino - La Nina Transitions
Matthew S. Spydell, University of California, San Diego

Effect of bottom topography on roll wave instabilities
Shreyas Mandre, Northwestern University

The Black Hole of Water Vapor and the Asymmetries in the Tropical Circulation
Takamitsu Ito, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Last update: May 28, 2002.

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