publication . Article . 2002

Seasonal variability of the temperature and heat fluxes in the Gulf of Mexico

ZAVALA-HIDALGO, J.; PARÉS-SIERRA, A.; OCHOA, J.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2002
  • Publisher: Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, UNAM
Abstract
Heat fluxes between the atmosphere and the sea surface in the Gulf of Mexico are computed using the COADS climatology, bulk formulae, radiation estimations from satellite, and a numerical model. 9 W m-2 is the estimated mean surface heat flux into the ocean, this is higher than previous studies due to different bulk formulae and data sources. The annual cycle has an amplitude of 168 W m-2. The contribution of each term in the heat equation is computed, analyzed and compared to previous studies. A numerical model with thermodynamics is used to study the relative importance of heat advection and entrainment on the sea surface temperature. The results indicate that...
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free text keywords: Golfo de México, flujos de calor, modelación numérica, temperatura superficial del mar, variación estacional, Gulf of Mexico, heat fluxes, numerical model, sea surface temperature, seasonal variability
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