An Inverse Calculation: Fine Adjustment of Air-Sea Heat Fluxes by an Oceanographic Constraint
Averaged over all seasons and many years, the World Ocean should lose as much heat as it gains, disregarding secular changes in the ocean’s heat content. For an ocean basin such as the North Atlantic Ocean, any unbalance of net heat input at the surface must be compensated by oceanic advection. Hence, parameterisations of air-sea heat flux may be checked by comparing the area integral of the annual net air-sea heat flux with independent investigations of ocean heat transport across the boundaries.
KeywordsHeat Content Advection
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