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Surface heat fluxes in the Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean

Surface heat fluxes in the Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean
Surface heat fluxes in the Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean
Estimates of the components of the surface heat flux in the Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean are presented for a 22-day period, together with a critical analysis of the errors. It is shown that the errors in latent heat, and solar and longwave radiation fluxes, dominate the net heat flux for this period. It is found that the net heat flux into the ocean over the 22-day period is not significantly different from zero. It is also demonstrated that because of the variability in daily averaged values of solar radiation and the latent heat of evaporation, a large number of independent flux measurements will be required to determine with confidence the climatological net heat flux in this region. The variability of latent fluxes over the 22-day period suggest that climatological estimates based on monthly mean observations may lead to a significant underestimate of the latent heat flux.
0992-7689
1047-1053
Wells, N.C.
4c27167c-f972-4822-9614-d6ca8d8223b5
Wells, N.C.
4c27167c-f972-4822-9614-d6ca8d8223b5

Wells, N.C. (1995) Surface heat fluxes in the Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean. Annales Geophysicae, 13 (10), 1047-1053. (doi:10.1007/s00585-995-1047-2).

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Abstract

Estimates of the components of the surface heat flux in the Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean are presented for a 22-day period, together with a critical analysis of the errors. It is shown that the errors in latent heat, and solar and longwave radiation fluxes, dominate the net heat flux for this period. It is found that the net heat flux into the ocean over the 22-day period is not significantly different from zero. It is also demonstrated that because of the variability in daily averaged values of solar radiation and the latent heat of evaporation, a large number of independent flux measurements will be required to determine with confidence the climatological net heat flux in this region. The variability of latent fluxes over the 22-day period suggest that climatological estimates based on monthly mean observations may lead to a significant underestimate of the latent heat flux.

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Published date: October 1995
Organisations: Physical Oceanography

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Local EPrints ID: 360517
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/360517
ISSN: 0992-7689
PURE UUID: b103b040-a463-4753-8d18-9a5c1319f307

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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:11

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