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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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 publicationProdeedings of the 3rd MSG RAO Workshop
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006
Event3rd MSG RAO Workshop - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Jun 15 2006Jun 15 2006

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Volume619 SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


Other3rd MSG RAO Workshop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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