Climate Dynamics

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 63–69 | Cite as

Coupling an ocean wave model to an atmospheric general circulation model

  • Susanne L Weber
  • Hans von Storch
  • Pedro Viterbo
  • Liana Zambresky


A coupled model, consisting of an ocean wave model and an atmospheric general circulation model (AGCM), is integrated under permanent July conditions. The wave model is forced by the AGCM wind stress, whereas the wind waves modify the AGCM surface fluxes of momentum, sensible and latent heat. We investigate the following aspects of the coupled model: how realistic are the wave fields, how strong is the coupling, and how sensitive is the atmospheric circulation to the spatially and temporally varying wave field. The wave climatology of the coupled model compares favorably with observational data. The interaction between the two models is largest (although weak) in the storm track in the Southern Hemisphere. Young windsea, which is associated with enhanced surface fluxes is generated mostly in the equatorward “frontal” area of an individual cyclone. However, the enhancement of the surface fluxes is too small to significantly modify the climatological mean atmospheric circulation.


Cyclone Latent Heat Observational Data Southern Hemisphere Atmospheric Circulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanne L Weber
    • 1
  • Hans von Storch
    • 2
  • Pedro Viterbo
    • 3
  • Liana Zambresky
    • 4
  1. 1.Royal Netherlands Meteorological InstituteAE de BiltThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institute for MeteorologyHamburgGermany
  3. 3.European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts ReadingGreat Britain
  4. 4.GKSS Research CentreGeesthachtGermany

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