A comparison of oceanic skin effect parameterisations using ship borne radiometer data

Kent, Elizabeth C.; Forrester, Thomas N.; Taylor, Peter K.. 1996 A comparison of oceanic skin effect parameterisations using ship borne radiometer data. Journal of Geophysical Research, 101 (C7). 16649-16666. 10.1029/96JC01054

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Sea surface temperature data from a shipborne radiometer were used to assess the thermal skin effect parameterization schemes of Saunders [1967], Hasse [1971], Schlüssel et al. [1990], and Soloviev and Schlüssel [1994]. Under low-wind, high-insolation conditions, the presence of a near surface thermocline resulted in an apparent skin effect which depended on the history of the surface heating. Neglecting these cases, the Saunders [1967] and other schemes which omit solar radiation were the most effective. The observed variation with wind speed of the adjustable coefficient, λ s , in the Saunders formulae was similar to that predicted by Soloviev and Schlüssel [1994], but the values were significantly higher, resulting in a greater magnitude of the observed skin effect. For the conditions occurring in this data set the better formulae predicted the skin effect with a standard deviation of ±0.16° C compared to a variation of the observed skin effect of nearly ±0.3°C.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/96JC01054
ISSN: 0148-0227
Additional Keywords: SST, skin effect, radiometer, ship
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Date made live: 06 Aug 2008 +0 (UTC)

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