Automated calculation of surface energy fluxes with high-frequency lake buoy data

Woolway, R. Iestyn; Jones, Ian D.; Hamilton, David P.; Maberly, Stephen C.; Muraoka, Kohji; Read, Jordan S.; Smyth, Robyn L.; Winslow, Luke A.. 2015 Automated calculation of surface energy fluxes with high-frequency lake buoy data. Environmental Modelling & Software, 70. 191-198.

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Lake Heat Flux Analyzer is a program used for calculating the surface energy fluxes in lakes according to established literature methodologies. The program was developed in MATLAB for the rapid analysis of high-frequency data from instrumented lake buoys in support of the emerging field of aquatic sensor network science. To calculate the surface energy fluxes, the program requires a number of input variables, such as air and water temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and short-wave radiation. Available outputs for Lake Heat Flux Analyzer include the surface fluxes of momentum, sensible heat and latent heat and their corresponding transfer coefficients, incoming and outgoing long-wave radiation. Lake Heat Flux Analyzer is open source and can be used to process data from multiple lakes rapidly. It provides a means of calculating the surface fluxes using a consistent method, thereby facilitating global comparisons of high-frequency data from lake buoys.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Parr
ISSN: 1364-8152
Additional Keywords: software, GLEON, instrumented buoy, heat flux, sensor technology
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Ecology and Environment
Meteorology and Climatology
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 28 May 2015 10:52 +0 (UTC)

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