Surface heat flux parameterizations and tropical Pacific Sea surface temperature simulations Academic Article uri icon


  • Models of the tropical Pacific Ocean routinely use bulk formulae to estimate the surface fluxes of heat into and out of the ocean. Simplifying parameterizations in terms of a few primary variables are often used due to lack of data. Several of these parameterizations are tested by using observed data and comparing fluxes calculated using the simplified parameterizations with those from the full bulk formula. The impact of the various parameterizations is also assessed in a tropical Pacific Ocean general circulation model by comparing model sea surface temperature (SST) with the monthly means and anomalies of observed tropical Pacific SST during a 6-year period that included both warm and cold episodes. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Journal of Geophysical Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Giese, B. S., & Cayan, D. R.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Giese, Benjamin S||Cayan, Daniel R

publication date

  • January 1993