Articles | Volume 16, issue 20
Research article
27 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 27 Oct 2016

The open-ocean sensible heat flux and its significance for Arctic boundary layer mixing during early fall

Manisha Ganeshan and Dong L. Wu

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The amplified Arctic warming has seen a rapid decline in sea ice with serious implications for global climate. The loss of heat from the ocean to the atmosphere is considered important for the recovery of the diminishing sea ice. Yet there is little observational evidence regarding the efficiency of this process. In our study, we explore and quantify the ability of the open ocean to lose heat through sensible heat fluxes. It is found to depend on the prevailing cloud and wind regime.
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