Net air-sea flux estimates for the tropical and subtropical atlantic ocean based on satellite data

Kristina B. Katsaros, Rachel T. Pinker, Abderrahim Bentamy, James A. Carton, William M Drennan, Alberto M. Mestas-Nuñez

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Abstract

The objective of our work is to estimate the net heat exchange across the air-sea interface in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic Ocean using mainly Satellite data. The net flux and the various terms will be used to study the processes in the upper ocean related to changes in sea surface temperature (SST). This variable influences atmospheric circulations and is indicative of upper ocean circulations in this area. We employ data from METEOSAT-7 and 8 and from the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) for the shortwave and long-wave radiative fluxes and for estimates of SST. For turbulent flux calculations, we use the bulk aerodynamic method with satellite estimates for wind speed and atmospheric humidity and temperature. We expect our work to shed light on rainfall regimes in Africa and South America and on the changes and slope of the tropical thermocline structure in the Atlantic Ocean.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Pages71-76
Number of pages6
Volume619 SP
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Event3rd MSG RAO Workshop - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Jun 15 2006Jun 15 2006

Other

Other3rd MSG RAO Workshop
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period6/15/066/15/06

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Satellites
Fluxes
Air
Microwave sensors
Atmospheric temperature
Image sensors
Rain
Atmospheric humidity
Aerodynamics
Temperature distribution
Temperature
Hot Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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Katsaros, K. B., Pinker, R. T., Bentamy, A., Carton, J. A., Drennan, W. M., & Mestas-Nuñez, A. M. (2006). Net air-sea flux estimates for the tropical and subtropical atlantic ocean based on satellite data. In European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP (Vol. 619 SP, pp. 71-76)

Net air-sea flux estimates for the tropical and subtropical atlantic ocean based on satellite data. / Katsaros, Kristina B.; Pinker, Rachel T.; Bentamy, Abderrahim; Carton, James A.; Drennan, William M; Mestas-Nuñez, Alberto M.

European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP. Vol. 619 SP 2006. p. 71-76.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Katsaros, KB, Pinker, RT, Bentamy, A, Carton, JA, Drennan, WM & Mestas-Nuñez, AM 2006, Net air-sea flux estimates for the tropical and subtropical atlantic ocean based on satellite data. in European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP. vol. 619 SP, pp. 71-76, 3rd MSG RAO Workshop, Helsinki, Finland, 6/15/06.
Katsaros KB, Pinker RT, Bentamy A, Carton JA, Drennan WM, Mestas-Nuñez AM. Net air-sea flux estimates for the tropical and subtropical atlantic ocean based on satellite data. In European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP. Vol. 619 SP. 2006. p. 71-76
Katsaros, Kristina B. ; Pinker, Rachel T. ; Bentamy, Abderrahim ; Carton, James A. ; Drennan, William M ; Mestas-Nuñez, Alberto M. / Net air-sea flux estimates for the tropical and subtropical atlantic ocean based on satellite data. European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP. Vol. 619 SP 2006. pp. 71-76
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