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Etude diagnostique de nouvelles données climatiques : les réanalyses.
Exemples d'application aux précipitations en Afrique tropicale

Abstract : This study establishes an objective diagnosis of NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data reliability over tropical Africa at intra-seasonal to interannuel space scale. The reanalysis data are an original database available over 1958-1998 period which combines observations and atmospheric model outputs and allows us to better understand global scale atmospheric dynamics. The study of data reliability allows us to identify a great number of recommendations for using them. Over tropical Africa, the homogeneous period which should be extracted goes from 1968 to 1998. Before this year, reanalysed datasets should be used with greatest caution. However, during this period, the SMWDA, a statistical method used to detect abrupt shifts in time series and to localize them, shows three major dates: 1976/77, 1983/84 and 1987/88, that could we found in a great number of atmospheric parameters. Surface parameters like rainfall show greatest number of abrupt shifts. The most reliable atmospheric parameters among 12 that we have tested are parameters for which the NCEP model has assimilated a maximum of observations (air temperature, geopotential height, winds ...). Over tropical Africa, these parameters are representative of realistic climatic fields. The parameters associated to hydrological cycle are not very reliable. A detailed study of rainfall has showed pronounced differences between reanalysis and observation dataset. The major problems identified are an existence of many shifts in time series, a strong underestimation of seasonal cycle, time series are dominated by a low-frequency variability and a frequently incoherent interannuel variability. Thus reanalyses rainfall should not be used over tropical Africa.
Teleconnections between major sea surface temperature anomalies and tropical African rainfall variability have been investigated to determine the ability of reanalysis to help the understanding of the role of atmospheric circulation. Ocean signals which have the strongest relationship with African rainfall are eastern Pacific SST (NINO3) characterizing the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and southern tropical Atlantic SST (SATL). At continental scale, 5 typical teleconnection types have been highlighted with SATL according to the relationship seasonal evolution and 4 types with NINO3. The reanalysis data have been used to better understand atmospheric mechanisms when a teleconnection occurs. For July-September, October-December and January-March 1968-1998 rainy seasons, composite analyses have been made according to the years of strong SST anomalies and years abnormally dry and wet over different African regions. The comparison of composite results allows us to highlight ocean-atmosphere forcing associated to ENSO via east-west and north-south components of atmospheric divergent circulation as more regional ocean-atmosphere forcing apart from ENSO and atmospheric forcing linked to land surface conditions.
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Isabelle Poccard-Leclercq. Etude diagnostique de nouvelles données climatiques : les réanalyses.
Exemples d'application aux précipitations en Afrique tropicale. Géographie. Université de Bourgogne, 2000. Français. ⟨tel-00012042⟩



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