EVALUATION OF AIR-SEA INTERFACE HEAT FLUX

Robert L. Street, A. Woodruff Miller

Abstract


A theoretical analysis, laboratory experiments, and the routine availability of infrared remote sensors for boat, airplane or satellite use are combined to provide a simple method for evaluating the total heat flux through the air-water interface under nighttime field conditions in which the water surface is rough; all indications are that the technique can be extended to other conditions as well. To evaluate this flux all that is required is the local windspeed, the water surface temperature, a subsurface temperature, and the character of the sea surface. Conversely, the theory can also be applied to predict temperature differences across the interface if the heat transfer can be otherwise established.

Keywords


heat flux; air-sea interface; air-sea flux

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