Publications

Manuscripts submitted, in review, or in press:

  • Murthy, V. S., and W. R. Boos: Surface flux feedbacks in idealized simulations of tropical depression spinup.  Submitted to Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.  pdf
     
  • Levine, X. J., and W. R. Boos:  Land surface albedo bias in climate models and its association with tropical rainfall.  Submitted to Geophysical Research Letters. pdf
     
  • Zhai, J., and W. R. Boos:  The drying tendency of shallow meridional circulations in monsoons.  Submitted to Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.  pdf
     
  • Hu, S., and W. R. Boos:  The physics of orographic elevated heating in radiative-convective equilibrium.  Submitted to Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.  pdf
     
  • Shekhar, R., and W. R. Boos:  Weakening and shifting of the Saharan heat low circulation during wet years of the West African monsoon.  Submitted to Journal of Climate.  pdf
     
  • Hu, S., and W. R. Boos:  Competing effects of surface albedo and orographic elevated heating on regional climate.  In press at Geophysical Research Letters.  pdf

Published papers:

  • Cohen, N. Y., and W. R. Boos, 2017:  The influence of orographic Rossby and gravity waves on rainfall.  Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 143, 845-851.  Publisher’s online version / pdf
     
  • Boos, W. R., B. E. Mapes, and V. S. Murthy, 2017:  Potential vorticity structure and propagation mechanism of Indian monsoon depressions.  Chapter in C.P. Chang, R. H. Johnson, G. Lau, B. Wang, P. Webster, and M. Wheeler (Eds.), The Global Monsoon System.  World Scientific Series on Asia-Pacific Weather and Climate, World Scientific Publication Company.  Publisher’s online versionpdf
     
  • Boos, W. R., and R. L. Korty, 2016:  Regional energy budget control of the intertropical convergence zone and application to mid-Holocene rainfall.  Nature Geoscience9, 892-897Publisher’s online version / pdf / “News & Views” by Aaron Donohoe
     
  • Levine, X. J., and W. R. Boos, 2016:  A mechanism for the response of the zonally asymmetric subtropical hydrologic cycle to global warming.  Journal of Climate29, 7851-7867.  Publisher’s online version / pdf /  © Copyright 2016 AMS
     
  • Ditchek, S. D., W. R. Boos, S. J. Camargo, and M. K. Tippett, 2016:  A genesis index for monsoon disturbances.  Journal of Climate, 29, 5189-5208.  Publisher’s online version / pdf /  © Copyright 2016 AMS
     
  • Shekhar, R., and W. R. Boos, 2016:  Improving energy-based estimates of monsoon location in the presence of proximal deserts.  Journal of Climate, 29, 4741-4761.  Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2016 AMS
     
  • Boos, W. R., and T. Storelvmo, 2016:  Near-linear response of mean monsoon strength to a broad range of radiative forcings.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, 1510-1515.  Publisher’s online version / pdf (includes supporting information)

Related Letter to the Editor and our response:

Levermann A., V. Petoukhov, J. Schewe, and H. J. Schellnhuber, 2016: Abrupt monsoon transitions as seen in paleorecords can be explained by moisture-advection feedback. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  Publisher’s online version / pdf

Boos, W. R., and T. Storelvmo, 2016:  Reply to Levermann et al.: Linear scaling for monsoons based on well-verified balance between adiabatic cooling and latent heat release.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  Publisher’s online version / pdf

  • Cohen, N. Y., and W. R. Boos, 2016:  Perspectives on moist baroclinic instability: implications for the growth of monsoon depressions. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 73, 1767-1788.  Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2016 AMS
     
  • Boos, W. R., A. V. Fedorov, and L. Muir, 2016:  Convective self-aggregation and tropical cyclogenesis under the hypohydrostatic rescaling.  Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 73, 525-544.  Publisher’s online versionpdf / © Copyright 2016 AMS
     
  • Cohen, N. Y., and W. R. Boos, 2016:  Modulation of subtropical stratospheric gravity waves by equatorial rainfall. Geophysical Research Letters43, 466-471, doi:10.1002/2015GL067028.  Publisher’s online version / pdf (includes supporting information)
     
  • Park, H.-S., B. R. Lintner, W. R. Boos, and K.-H. Seo, 2015: The effect of mid-latitude transient eddies on monsoonal southerlies over East China.  Journal of Climate28, 8450-8465.  Publisher’s online version / pdf /  © Copyright 2015 AMS
     
  • Zhai, J., and W. R. Boos, 2015:  Regime transitions of cross-equatorial Hadley circulations with zonally asymmetric thermal forcings.  Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 3800-3818.  Publisher’s online version / pdf /  © Copyright 2015 AMS
     
  • Boos, W. R., 2015:  A review of recent progress on Tibet’s role in the South Asian monsoon.  CLIVAR Exchanges Special Issue on Monsoons, 66, 23-27. Publisher’s online versionpdf
     
  • Boos, W. R., J. V. Hurley, and V. S. Murthy, 2015: Adiabatic westward drift of Indian monsoon depressions. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 141, 1035-1048. doi: 10.1002/qj.2454.  Publisher’s online version / pdf
     
  • Hurley, J. V. and W. R. Boos, 2015: A global climatology of monsoon low pressure systems. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 141, 1049-1064. doi: 10.1002/qj.2447.  Publisher’s online version / pdf / associated dataset
     
  • Cohen, N. Y. and W. R. Boos, 2014: Has the number of Indian summer monsoon depressions decreased over the last thirty years?  Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 7846-7853, doi:10.1002/2014GL061895. Publisher’s online version / pdf of main text / supplementary material
     
  • Storelvmo, T., W. R. Boos, and N. Herger, 2014:  Cirrus cloud seeding: a climate engineering mechanism with reduced side effects?  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 372, 20140116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2014.0116.  Publisher’s online version / pdf
     
  • Ma, D., W. R. Boos, and Z. Kuang, 2014:  Effects of orography and surface heat fluxes on the South Asian Summer Monsoon.  Journal of Climate, 27, 6647-6659.  Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2014 AMS.
     
  • Hurley, J. V. and W. R. Boos, 2013: Interannual variability of monsoon precipitation and local subcloud equivalent potential temperature. Journal of Climate, 26, 9507–9527. Publisher’s online version / pdf© Copyright 2013 AMS.
     
  • Boos, W. R. and T. A. Shaw, 2013: The effect of moist convection on the tropospheric response to tropical and subtropical zonally asymmetric torques. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70, 4089–4111.  Publisher’s online version / pdf© Copyright 2013 AMS.
     
  • Boos, W. R. and J. V. Hurley, 2013:  Thermodynamic bias in the multi-model mean boreal summer monsoon.  Journal of Climate, 26, 2279-2287.  Publisher’s online version / pdf, supplementary material © Copyright 2013 AMS.
     
  • Boos, W. R. and Z. Kuang, 2013:  Sensitivity of the South Asian monsoon to elevated and non-elevated heating.  Scientific Reports, 3, 1192; DOI:10.1038/srep01192.  Publisher’s online versionpdf / This is in many ways a comment on Wu et al. (2012), which in turn commented on Boos and Kuang (2010).
     
  • Boos, W. R., 2012: Thermodynamic scaling of the hydrological cycle of the last glacial maximum.  Journal of Climate, 25, 992-1006.  Publisher’s online version / pdf © Copyright 2012 AMS.
     
  • Shaw, T. A. and W. R. Boos, 2012: The tropospheric response to tropical and subtropical zonally-asymmetric torques: Analytical and idealized numerical model results.  Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 69, 214-235. Publisher’s online versionpdf / © Copyright 2012 AMS.
     
  • Boos, W. R., 2011: Cold winters from warm oceans. Nature News & Views, 471, 584-586. Publisher’s online version / This is a commentary on the paper by Kaspi & Schneider.
     
  • Solodoch, A., W. R. Boos, Z. Kuang, and E. Tziperman, 2011: Excitation of intraseasonal variability in the equatorial atmosphere by Yanai Wave Groups via WISHE-Induced convection. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences68, 210-225. Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2011 AMS. Short version available on arXiv.
     
  • Boos, W. R. and Z. Kuang, 2010: Mechanisms of poleward-propagating, intraseasonal convective anomalies in cloud-system resolving models. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences67, 3673-3691. Publisher’s online version / pdf © Copyright 2010 AMS.
     
  • Nie, J., W. R. Boos, and Z. Kuang, 2010: Observational evaluation of a convective quasi-equilibrium view of monsoons. Journal of Climate23, 4416-4428.Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2010 AMS.
     
  • Molnar, P., W. R. Boos, and D. S. Battisti, 2010: Orographic controls on climate and paleoclimate of Asia: thermal and mechanical roles for the Tibetan Plateau. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences38, 77-102. Publisher’s online version / pdf, posted with permission from the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, © 2010 by Annual Reviews, http://www.annualreviews.org.
     
  • Boos, W. R. and Z. Kuang, 2010: Dominant control of the South Asian monsoon by orographic insulation versus plateau heating. Nature463, 218-222.Publisher’s online version / “News & Views” by Mark Cane
     
  • Boos, W. R. and K. A. Emanuel, 2009: Annual intensification of the Somali jet in a quasi-equilibrium framework: observational composites. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society135, 319-335. Publisher’s online version / pdf
     
  • Boos, W. R. and K. A. Emanuel, 2008: Wind-evaporation feedback and the axisymmetric transition to angular momentum conserving Hadley flow. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences65, 3758-3778. Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2008 AMS.
     
  • Boos, W. R. and K. A. Emanuel, 2008: Wind-evaporation feedback and abrupt seasonal transitions of weak, axisymmetric Hadley circulations. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences65, 2194-2214. Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2008 AMS.
     
  • Boos, W., H. Virji, and B. Wang, 2008: International capacity-building in monsoon science. Eos Trans. AGU89, 135.  pdf / © Copyright 2008 American Geophysical Union.
     
  • Boos, W. R., J. R. Scott and K. A. Emanuel, 2004: Transient diapycnal mixing and the meridional overturning circulation. Journal of Physical Oceanography,34, 334-341. Publisher’s online version / pdf / © Copyright 2004 AMS.