Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Content Description

1 online resource (xix, 167 pages) : color illustrations, color maps.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Brian Rose

Committee Members

Aiguo Dai, Brian Tang, Jiping Liu, Kyle Armour


Climate Models, Climate Sensitivity, Ocean Heat Uptake, Ocean-atmosphere interaction, Ocean circulation, Ocean temperature, Climatic changes, Heat

Subject Categories

Atmospheric Sciences


One of the ultimate goals of the field of climate science is to determine exactly how sensitive the Earth is to anthropogenic forcing, with far reaching implications both from a scientific and policy standpoint. However, despite decades of observational and model analysis, large uncertainties in Earth's climate sensitivity persist. Recent advances have shown that climate feedbacks, the primary mechanism driving the sensitivity spread, are dependent on the spatial patterns of the surface response, intrinsically linked to how the ocean is working to uptake and transport energy across the globe. Given the importance of reducing the range of climate sensitivity from both a socioeconomic and scientific standpoint, the primary goal of this dissertation is to improve our fundamental understanding of the complex relationship between the ocean and the atmosphere in order to better understand how climate feedbacks have evolved and will evolve with time.