Doctoral students of SOO published an article in authoritative journal regarding JGR-Atmospheres

Recently, Baosheng Li, a PhD candidate in the School of Oceanography, published one article titled “Modulation of Tropical Cyclone Genesis in the Bay of Bengal by the Central Indian Ocean Mode” on the 《Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres》. The research is jointly completed by Lei Zhou, a special researcher of School of Oceanography, and Chunzai Wang, a researcher at the South China Sea Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Based on the Central Indian Ocean (CIO) mode, this research proposed that the TC genesis locations are found to shift northward in the Bay of Bengal (BoB) due to the intraseasonal CIO mode. The results are expected to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the relations between TCs and intraseasonal variabilities.

Figure 1 (a) TC genesis locations during the positive phase of the CIO mode (red circles) and the negative phase of the CIO mode (blue circles) from 1982 to 2017. (b) Histogram of the TC numbers within 5º latitude bins. The red bars (blue bars) denote TCs during the positive (negative) phase of the CIO mode and the gray bars denote TCs without the CIO mode.

In this study, the impacts of the CIO mode on TC genesis over the NIO are examined. The results show that the TC genesis locations have a clear northward shift from the tropical Indian Ocean to the northern BoB during the positive phase of the CIO mode. As illustrated in Fig. 2, the dynamical and thermodynamical environments modified by the positive CIO mode are favorable for TC genesis over the northern BoB, including the positive vorticity and convergence in the lower troposphere, strong updraft and enhanced humidity in the mid-troposphere. Moreover, the distinguished horizontal gradients of background zonal winds, accompanied with the vorticity and convergence, lead to barotropic energy conversion and provide EKE to TC genesis. During the negative phase of the CIO mode, convection center is near the equator. Atmospheric and oceanic environments are favorable for TC genesis, such as large vorticity and warm SST anomalies. But they are close to the equator. As a result, TC genesis is not significantly enhanced near the equator. Correspondingly, the TC genesis locations are similar to the normal situation. Due to the northward shift of the TC genesis locations during the positive phase of the CIO mode, more TCs tend to make landfalls on the northern rim of the BoB and may cause dramatic damages in the heavily populated region. 

Figure 2 Sketch for the positive phase of the CIO mode.

Baosheng Li is a PhD Candidate in the School of Oceanography at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and majors in tropical ocean-atmosphere interactions and intraseasonal variabilities. Baosheng Li has published 10 articles and 4 articles (SCI) as first author.

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