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Global Ocean Heat Flux and Wind Stress


The Climatic Research Institute at Oregon State University compiled these climatologies of ocean heat balance and wind stress for the global oceans. The input data was from the time period 1850 to 1974.

Temporal Range:
1850 to 1974
Air Temperature Heat Flux Humidity Sea Level Pressure
Sea Surface Temperature Surface Winds Thermal Infrared Wind Stress
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Temporal Frequencies:
Monthly Climatology
Data Types:
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=180W Easternmost=180E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=90S Northernmost=90N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
Han, Y.J. and S.W. Lee, 1981: A New Analysis of Monthly Mean Wind Stress over the Global Ocean. Report No. 26, Climatic Research Institute, Oregon State University, 148 pp.

Esbensen, S.K. and Y. Kushnir, 1981: The Heat Budget of the Global Ocean: An Atlas Based on Estimates from Surface Marine Observations. Report No. 29, Climatic Research Institute, Oregon State University, 244 pp.

Total Volume:
8.85 MB
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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