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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-8383-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-8383-2019
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02 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 02 Jul 2019

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

Quan Wang, Chanh Kieu, and The-Anh Vu

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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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