Tropical ocean response to atmospheric forcing at kilometer scales with light precipitation

Ivan Lebedev, Jean-Luc Redelsperger, Matthias Tomczak

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    Abstract

    The response of the oceanic mixed layer to atmospheric forcing during a 6 day period of weakly precipitating tropical atmospheric convection is investigated. A simulation of a cloud-resolving model is used to provide ground level fields of atmospheric variables that drive the upper ocean model. The effect of kilometer scale oceanic variability on the area average air-sea heat flux is assessed and found negligible. Spatial wind variability is found to be the dominant factor leading to temperature anomalies at the sea surface. A simple parameterization of this effect for weakly precipitating conditions is suggested.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)11399-11410
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
    Volume106
    Issue numberC6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2001

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