J. David Neelin


Research interests

The research areas below include links
to sample papers in each area.

Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction
· El Niño/Southern oscillation
· Midlatitude ocean-atmosphere interaction
· Climate variations on interannual and longer time scales
· Monsoon theory as a problem in ocean-atmosphere-land interaction
· Thermohaline circulation-atmosphere interaction

Sea-ice-ocean interaction

Land-surface climate interaction

Tropical atmospheric dynamics for tropical climate problems
· Interaction between moist convection and large-scale motions
· Convective margins
· Moist teleconnections
· Tropical precipitation change under global warming
· Intraseasonal oscillations
· Stochastic moist convection
· Hurricanes & mesoscale convective systems

Hierarchical ocean-atmosphere-land modeling
· Hybrid coupled models
· Quasi-equilibrium Tropical Circulation Models (QTCMs)

Land-Surface Climate Interaction

Selected links to abstracts and paper downloads.

Zeng, N., J. D. Neelin, K.-M. Lau, and C. J. Tucker, 1999: Enhancement of interdecadal climate variability in the Sahel by vegetation interaction. Science, 286, 1537-1540.

Zeng, N., and J. D. Neelin, 2000: The role of vegetation-climate interaction and interannual variability in shaping the African Savanna. J. Climate, 13, 2665-2670.

Zeng, N., K. Hales, and J. D. Neelin, 2002: Nonlinear dynamics in a Coupled Vegetation-Atmosphere System and Implications for Desert-Forest Gradient. J. Climate, 15, 3474-3487.

Hales, K., and J. D. Neelin, 2004: Sensitivity of Tropical Land Climate to Leaf Area Index: Role of Surface Conductance versus Albedo. J. Climate, 17, 1459-1473.

Hales, K. and J. D. Neelin, 2006: Interaction of Vegetation and Atmospheric Dynamical Mechanisms in the mid-Holocene African Monsoon. J. Climate, Accepted, Dec., 2005.

Hall, A., X. Qu, and J. D. Neelin, 2008: Improving predictions of summer climate change in the United States Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L01702, doi:10.1029/2007GL032012.

Zeng, N. J.-H. Yoon, J. A. Marengo, A. Subramaniam, C. A. Nobre, A. Mariotti, and J. D. Neelin, 2008: Causes and impacts of the 2005 Amazon drought. Environ. Res. Lett., 3, 0114002 (9pp), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/3/1/014002.

Lintner, B. R. and J. D. Neelin, 2009: Soil moisture impacts on convective margins. J. Hydrometeor., 10, 1026-1039. DOI: 10.1175/2009JHM1094.1

Findell, K. L., P. Gentine, B. R. Lintner, and C. Kerr, 2011: Probability of afternoon precipitation in eastern United States and Mexico enhanced by high evaporation. Nature Geoscience, 4(7), doi: 10.1038/NGEO1174.

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