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On oceanic heat and freshwater fluxes at 30 degree S
Piloa, A.R.; Gordon, A.L. (1986). On oceanic heat and freshwater fluxes at 30 degree S. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 16(12): 2184-2190
In: Journal of Physical Oceanography. American Meteorological Society: Boston, etc.,. ISSN 0022-3670, more
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    Air-water exchanges; Circulation; Distribution; Heat exchange; Meridional oceanic circulation; Models; Moisture transfer; Volume transport; Water masses; Southern Hemisphere Oceans; Marine

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  • Piloa, A.R.
  • Gordon, A.L.

    A simple box model based on mass, heat and salinity conservation combined with existing estimates of ocean-atmosphere heat and freshwater exchanges is used to calculate the oceanic mean meridional volume fluxes of three water masses at 30 degree S. Model results lead to relatively large volume fluxes and questionable flow directions in the South Pacific Ocean. It is shown that although solutions are sensitive to changes in the mean temperature and salinity of each water mass, changes of these properties within realistic limits cannot lead to large changes in the mass fluxes or flow reversals.

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