183 Teleconnections in the Earth System
Part 15. Global Hydrology
Published Online: 15 APR 2006
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences
How to Cite
Chase, T. N., Pielke, R. A. and Avissar, R. 2006. Teleconnections in the Earth System. Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences. 15:183.
- Published Online: 15 APR 2006
This article illustrates the large-scale connectivity of the atmosphere–ocean coupled system and generalizes the concept to regional scales and to other components of the earth system. Connections at a distance, or teleconnections, can occur by the direct transfer of mass by changes in regular circulations or by propagating waves initiated by a variety of mechanisms. Questions as to what extent recognized teleconnection patterns can be associated with identifiable forcing mechanisms, to what extent these patterns are interrelated and how they might cause, react to, or interact with changing forcing such as changes in atmospheric composition, land cover, or the distribution of sea ice to produce climate changes are examined.
- circulation change;
- atmosphere-ocean interactions;
- biosphere-atmosphere interactions;