Rao, S., 2016: Sensitivity of the tropical easterly jet to the distribution and magnitude of latent heating in an aqua-planet model. J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 94, 371-388.
http://doi.org/10.2151/jmsj.2016-020 Graphical Abstract with highlights
- A heat source at 20°N is more to be robust in generating zonal wind speeds comparable to that of the TEJ. But this heating cannot generate a true TEJ vertical structure. Equatorial heating is required to impart a realistic vertical baroclinic structure in the tropical longitudes where the TEJ is located. However it is insufficient in generating a true TEJ horizontal structure.
- Both equatorial and higher tropical heating is required for generating a true TEJ horizontal and vertical structure.
- If the precipitation patterns are similar then the TEJ is similar with or without land. Hence latent heat release is the dominant control on the TEJ.