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Climate Atlas of the Atlantic Ocean: Derived from the Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set (COADS)

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By: R Lindau

456 pages, 428 figs, CD ROM


Hardback | Dec 2000 | #108219 | ISBN: 3540668136
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The growing interest in climate and climatic change has renewed the demand for climate descriptions of the world oceans. Fields of climate variables are used as boundary conditions, or sea truth, for atmospheric and oceanic models and coupled models of the atmosphere-ocean system. The rapid improvements that modeling has made in recent years also call for more detailed descriptions of processes at the air-sea interface. The climate atlas presented here is restricted to the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic is of special interest for two reasons: The cross-equatorial ocean heat transport is an outstanding climatic feature which contributes to the high sea-surface temperatures in the Northeastern North Atlantic and the mild climate of Europe. From a more technical point of view, the data coverage of the Atlantic is much denser than for other parts of the world oceans. Hence, the Atlantic can well serve as a reliable test area of sea truth for both modeling and satellite remote sensing.


From the contents: Text: Data and Data Treatment; Derivation of Air Sea Fluxes by Parameterisations; Net Air-Sea Heat Flux and Meridional Heat Transport; Concluding Remarks; Plates: Observations: Time-Latitude Diagrams; Annual Cycles at Special Areas; Observation Density; Sea Surface Temperature; Air Temperature; Air minus Sea Surface Temperature; Mixing Ratio; Relative Humidity; Air minus Sea Surface Mixing Ratio; Total Cloud Cover; Low Cloud Cover; Precipitation Frequency; Sea Level Air Pressure; Scalar Wind Speed; East and North Components of the Wind; Magnitude of Resultant Wind; Direction of the Mean Wind Vector; Directional Steadiness of the Wind; Divergence of the Wind; Air-Sea Interactions: Time-Latitude Diagrams; Annual Cycles at Special Areas; Net Shortwave and Longwave Radiation; Net Radiation; Latent Heat Flux; Evaporation; Sensible Heat Flux; Total Net Air-Sea Heat Flux; Wind Stress; East and North Components of the Wind; Curl of Wind Stress; Ekman Volume Transport.

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