Interdecadal Changes in Ocean Teleconnections with the Sahel

Implications in Rainfall Predictability

  • Roberto Suárez Moreno

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


In tropical latitudes, monsoons trigger regimes of strong seasonal rainfall over the continents. Over the West African region, the rainfall has shown a strong variability from interannual to decadal time scales. The atmospheric response to global sea surface temperatures is the leading cause of rainfall variability in the West African Sahel. This thesis explores changes in the leading ocean forcing of Sahelian rainfall interannual variability. It analyzes the dynamical mechanisms at work to explain the non-stationary sea surface temperature-forced response of anomalous rainfall. The underlying multidecadal sea surface temperature background is raised as a key factor that favors some interannual teleconnections and inhibits others. Results of this thesis are relevant for improving the seasonal predictability of summer rainfall in the Sahel.


West African Monsoon Sahelian rainfall climate variability interannual variability multidecadal variability atmospheric teleconnection SST-forced teleconnection non-stationary teleconnection

Authors and affiliations

  • Roberto Suárez Moreno
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  1. 1.Faculty of Physical Sciences, Department of Earth Physics and AstrophysicsComplutense University of MadridLos MolinosSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99449-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99450-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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