Articles | Volume 19, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 8383–8397, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-8383-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 8383–8397, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-8383-2019

Research article 02 Jul 2019

Research article | 02 Jul 2019

Large-scale dynamics of tropical cyclone formation associated with ITCZ breakdown

Quan Wang et al.

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This study presents an analytical model to study large-scale tropical cyclone (TC) formation that can help us understand the maximum capacity of the Earth's atmosphere to produce TCs. Using a barotropic model for the intertropical convergence zone and recent advances in nonlinear dynamical transition, it is found that the Earth's atmosphere can support a limited number of TCs at any given time (<12) in the current climate, thus providing new theoretical insights into the TC formation process.
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