Distortion of near-surface seawater temperature structure by a moored-buoy hull and its effect on skin temperature and heat flux estimates

Yoshimi Kawai, Kentaro Ando, Hiroshi Kawamura

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Abstract

Previous studies have suggested that the accuracy of temperature measurements by surface-moored buoys may be affected by distortions of the near-surface temperature structure by the buoy hull on calm, sunny days. We obtained the first definite observational evidence that the temperature near the hull was not horizontally homogeneous at the same nominal depth. We observed large temperature differences of 1.0 K or more between thermometers at 0.2 m depth. The distortion of the surface temperature field yielded an error in estimates of daytime net surface heat flux up to more than 30 Wm-2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6119-6130
Number of pages12
JournalSensors
Volume9
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun

Keywords

  • Diurnal warming
  • Heat flux
  • Moored buoy
  • Sea surface temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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