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Assessing the representation of South American monsoon features in Brazil and UK climate model simulations

Coelho, C. A. S., de Souza, D. C., Kubota, P. Y., Cavalcanti, I. F. A., Baker, J. C. A., Figueroa, S. N., Firpo, M. A. F., Guimarães, B. S., Costa, S. M. S., Gonçalves, L. J. M., Bonatti, J. P., Sampaio, G., Klingaman, N. P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2927-9303, Chevuturi, A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2815-7221 and Andrews, M. B. (2021) Assessing the representation of South American monsoon features in Brazil and UK climate model simulations. Climate Resilience and Sustainability. ISSN 2692-4587

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This paper assesses how well the CPTEC/INPE Brazilian Global Atmospheric Model (BAM-1.2) and the atmospheric component of the UK Met Office Hadley Centre Global Environment Model (HadGEM3-GC3.1) represent the main South American monsoon features. Climatological (1981–2010) ensemble means of Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project (AMIP)-type climate simulations are evaluated. The assessment evaluated the models’ ability to represent the South America austral summer and winter precipitation contrast and associated circulation, key South American monsoon system elements, the association between south-east Brazil and South America precipitation, and climatological (1997/1998 to 2013/2014) distributions of rainy season onset and demise dates over south-east Brazil (15°S–25°S, 40°W–50°W) and the core monsoon region (10°S–20°S, 45°W–55°W). Despite some identified deficiencies, both models depict the monsoon region and represent the main features, including (1) the north-west–south-east precipitation band and associated ascending motion over central South America; (2) the upper-level Bolivian High and the north-east South America trough during the summer; (3) the lower-level South Atlantic and Pacific subtropical anti-cyclones and (4) the low-level jet east of the Andes. Both models represent upper-level divergence and lower-level convergence over the core monsoon region, and upper-level convergence and lower-level divergence over the Pacific and Atlantic anti-cyclones associated with the regional Walker circulation during the pre-monsoon (spring) and peak monsoon (summer) seasons. Convection over South America is weaker in BAM-1.2 than observed, consistent with continental precipitation deficit. The models reproduce the dipole-like precipitation pattern between south-east Brazil and south-eastern South America during the austral summer but overestimate these patterns spatial extent over the South Atlantic. Both models simulate the main observed climatological features of rainy season onset and demise dates for the two above defined investigated regions. HadGEM3 overestimates onset dates interannual variability. These results can contribute towards understanding climate and land-use change implications for environmental sustainability and for recommending climate adaptation strategies.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > NCAS
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:101246
Publisher:Royal Meteorological Society

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