Calculation of the sensible heat flux of the global ocean using satellite data
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AbstractThe sensible heat flux of the global ocean is derived using satellite data of Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) precipitable water, Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) sea-surface temperature (SST) and scatterometer wind speed. Prior to heat flux derivation, the air temperature over the sea surface in the global ocean is obtained with an iterative solving technique applied to a simplified equation that specifies the relationship among boundary-layer parameters. It is found that a bias exists between the calculated air temperature and the climatology data, which is corrected by a linear model based on the climatology of air temperature. Using the corrected air temperature and the bulk formula, we calculate the sensible heat flux from January 1992 to October 1998. The heat flux calculation is consistent with previous results. An error analysis suggests that based on the bulk formula, the uncertainty caused by the air temperature is comparable with the error components from the SST and wind. Empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis is used to extract the temporal and spatial characteristics of the calculated sensible heat flux. The first EOF is characterized by a winter and summer oscillation with an annual cycle, the second shows another annual cycle in spring and autumn oscillation, the third EOF is related to the El Nino and La Nina cycle, reflecting a certain relationship between El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events and the global ocean sensible heat flux, and the fourth EOF indicates an increasing trend with a quasi-biennial oscillation and atmospheric influences.
All Author(s) ListPan JY, Lin H
Journal nameInternational Journal of Remote Sensing
Year2012
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Volume Number33
Issue Number16
PublisherTAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Pages5289 - 5305
ISSN0143-1161
eISSN1366-5901
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesImaging Science & Photographic Technology; IMAGING SCIENCE & PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY; Remote Sensing; REMOTE SENSING

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