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Climate variability in different ocean basins can impact one another, for instance the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the Pacific Ocean has remote effects on other tropical oceans around the world, which in turn modulate ENSO. With chapters by eminent researchers, this book provides a comprehensive review on how interactions among the climates in different ocean basins are key contributors to global climate variability. It discusses how interbasin interactions are mediated by oceanic and atmospheric bridges and explains exciting new possibilities for enhancing climate prediction globally. The first part of the book covers essential theory and introduces the basic mechanisms for remote connection and local amplification. The second presents outstanding examples. The latter part discusses applications to cases of societal interest such as impacts on monsoon systems and expectations after climate change. This comprehensive reference is a useful resource for graduate students and researchers in the atmospheric and ocean sciences.
This chapter is dedicated to a fundamental understanding of the physical mechanisms for connections between climates in remote locations or large-scale teleconnection patterns. It starts with a review of equatorial waves. This is followed by an introduction to conceptual models of the atmospheric response to tropical heating. Large-scale overturning circulations and their variability are described. The chapter ends with a discussion on how perturbations in the tropics propagate their effect on high latitudes in both hemispheres.