Sensitivity of the boundary layer energy fluxes to forcing parameters in a simple climate model

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SANKAR RAO, M. ; DALU, G. ; LO, R. C. (2011)
  • Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
  • Journal: Tellus A (issn: 1600-0870, eissn: 0280-6495)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/tellusa.v34i4.10819
  • Subject:
    arxiv: Physics::Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

Winter and summer surface temperatures and time-averaged boundary layer energy fluxes are calculated by utilizing the Saltzman-Ashe parameterization for boundary layer fluxes in a two-level static model. The results are found to agree with observed patterns. Within the framework of this simple model, sensitivity analyses of the time-averaged boundary layer energy fluxes are conducted. Based on these results some of the forcing parameters (such as the subsurface temperature, cloud cover, surface albedo etc.) are arranged in a hierarchical order of importance. A generalized method of sensitivity analysis is also suggested.DOI: 10.1111/j.2153-3490.1982.tb01822.x
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