A comparison of oceanic skin effect parameterisations using ship borne radiometer data


Kent, Elizabeth C., Forrester, Thomas N. and Taylor, Peter K. (1996) A comparison of oceanic skin effect parameterisations using ship borne radiometer data. Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, (C7), 16649-16666. (doi:10.1029/96JC01054).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/96JC01054

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Sea surface temperature data from a shipborne radiometer were used to assess the thermal skin effect parameterization schemes of Saunders [1967], Hasse [1971], Schlüssel et al. [1990], and Soloviev and Schlüssel [1994]. Under low-wind, high-insolation conditions, the presence of a near surface thermocline resulted in an apparent skin effect which depended on the history of the surface heating. Neglecting these cases, the Saunders [1967] and other schemes which omit solar radiation were the most effective. The observed variation with wind speed of the adjustable coefficient, λ s , in the Saunders formulae was similar to that predicted by Soloviev and Schlüssel [1994], but the values were significantly higher, resulting in a greater magnitude of the observed skin effect. For the conditions occurring in this data set the better formulae predicted the skin effect with a standard deviation of ±0.16° C compared to a variation of the observed skin effect of nearly ±0.3°C.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0148-0227 (print)
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Keywords: SST, skin effect, radiometer, ship
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
ePrint ID: 55823
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55823

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