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Title: Balance of surface, advective and up-welling heat fluxes in the Gulf of Aden
Authors: Abualanaja, Yasser O.
Ahmad, Fazal
Al-mtairi, Nwaf A.
Keywords: Gulf of Aden;Red Sea;Surface heat fluxes;Advective heat transport
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Based on International Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS), monthly summary groups (1960-2008), covering 1o boxes in the Gulf of Aden, the surface advective and up-welled heat fluxes are calculated. Annual averages of evaporative, net long wave radiation and sensible heat fluxes are respectively 143, 55 and 2 W/m2. Annual average of absorbed solar radiations at the sea surface based on the Smithsonian formula is 249 W/m2. Advective heat transport to the Red Sea from Gulf of Aden at Bab-el-Mandab Strait is 35 W/m2 giving a surplus of 14 W/m2. Compared to the available recorded solar radiations it seems that the Smithsonian formula over-estimates the incoming solar radiations perhaps because of the neglect of aerosols. Up-welled heat flux during the southwest monsoon is 1.0 × 1013 W.
Page(s): 42-47
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJMS Vol.40(1) [February 2011]

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