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Hydroclimatic Teleconnection Between Global Sea Surface Temperature and Rainfall Over India at Subdivisional Monthly Scale

Maity, Rajib and Kumar, Nagesh D (2007) Hydroclimatic Teleconnection Between Global Sea Surface Temperature and Rainfall Over India at Subdivisional Monthly Scale. In: Hydrological Processes, 21 (14). pp. 1802-1813.

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Abstract

It is well established that sea surface temperature (SST) plays a significant role in the hydrologic cycle in which precipitation is the most important part. In this study, the influence of SST on Indian subdivisional monthly rainfall is investigated. Both spatial and temporal influences are investigated. The most influencing regions of sea surface are identified for different subdivisions and for different overlapping seasons in the year. The relative importance of SST, land surface temperature (LST) and ocean–land temperature contrast (OLTC) and their variation from subdivision to subdivision and from season to season are also studied. It is observed that LST does not show much similarity with rainfall series, but, in general, OLTC shows relatively higher influence in the pre-monsoon and early monsoon periods, whereas SST plays a more important role in late and post-monsoon periods. The influence of OLTC is seen to be mostly confined to the Indian Ocean region, whereas the effect of SST indicates the climatic teleconnection between Indian regional rainfall and climate indices in Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Wiley.
Keywords: Sea surface temperature (SST);Temperature contrast;Rainfall;Hydroclimate;Euclidean distance
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/11838

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