A simple atmospheric model of surface heat flux for use in ocean modeling studies

R. Kleeman, S. B. Power

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Abstract

A simple model of the lower atmospheric layers and land/sea ice surface is described and analyzed. The model is able to depict with reasonable accuracy the global ocean heat fluxes. Due to the model's simplicity, insight into the mechanisms underlying particular heat flux responses is possible. Such an analysis is carried out for the regional Gulf Stream heat flux response (which is qualitatively correct in the model), and it is shown that atmospheric transient eddy heat transport is crucial to the modeled response. The perturbation response of the model to tropical SST anomalies is also analyzed, and it is demonstrated that the atmospheric transport processes incorporated in the model are responsible for a scale-dependent response. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-105
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physical Oceanography
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography

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