KAUST DepartmentEarth Fluid Modeling and Prediction Group
Earth Science and Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Online Publication Date2017-05-12
Print Publication Date2017-11
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/623670
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AbstractThe wind climatology of the Red Sea is described based on a 30-year high-resolution regional reanalysis generated using the Advanced Weather Research Forecasting model. The model was reinitialized on a daily basis with ERA-Interim global data and regional observations were assimilated using a cyclic three-dimensional variational approach. The reanalysis products were validated against buoy and scatterometers data. We describe the wind climatology and identify four major systems that determine the wind patterns in the Red Sea. Each system has a well-defined origin, and consequently different characteristics along the year. After analysing the relevant features of the basin in terms of their climatology, we investigate possible long-term trends in each system. It is found that there is a definite tendency towards lowering the strength of the wind speed, but at a different rate for different systems and periods of the year.
CitationLangodan S, Cavaleri L, Vishwanadhapalli Y, Pomaro A, Bertotti L, et al. (2017) The climatology of the Red Sea - part 1: the wind. International Journal of Climatology. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/joc.5103.
SponsorsKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) funded this research. This research made use of the resources of the Supercomputing Laboratory and/or computer clusters at KAUST. Luigi Cavaleri has been partly supported by the KAUST during his visits for research collaborations.