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Ocean-atmosphere heat, momentum and freshwater flux, climatology, by Josey et al.


Simon A. Josey, Elizabeth C. Kent, and Peter K. Taylor compiled the SOC monthly mean flux atlas on a 1 degree by 1 degree grid. The fields have been derived from the COADS Release 1a (1980-93) dataset enhanced with additional metadata from the WMO47 list of ships.

The original version 1.1 atlas was completed in 1998. Additional work was done on the heat flux components in 2002. The air-sea heat flux was adjusted according to constraints determined from estimates of oceanic heat transport. Through the adjustment process the original imbalance of about 30 W/m^2 was reduced to about 2 W/m^2.

Both the original version 1.1 atlas and the adjusted air-fluxes are available in this dataset.

Temporal Range:
1980 to 1993
Heat Flux Longwave Radiation Precipitation Rate Shortwave Radiation
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Data Types:
Platform Observation
Data Contributors:
Southampton Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton
Grist, J.P., and S.A. Josey, 2003: Inverse Analysis Adjustment of the SOC Air-Sea Flux Climatology Using Ocean Heat Transport Constraints J. Clim., 16, 3274-3295.

Total Volume:
34.22 MB
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation), netCDF
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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