Mechanism for sea surface temperature cooling in the Gulf of Oman during winter

Alvarinho J. Luis, Hiroshi Kawamura

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Abstract

We report on sea surface temperature (SST) cooling in the Gulf of Oman during winter monsoon 1993 using evidence from the advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR). A combination of the AVHRR SST and scatterometer-based momentum and heat fluxes is used to discuss the SST-cooling mechanism. Cold SST evolves in the gulf during an intense outbreak of wintertime winds. The turbulence generated by these winds in the surface atmospheric boundary layer depletes large heat from the sea surface and cause 1 - 2°C SST cooling during January-March. Additionally, the alongshore component of the wind stress promotes Ekman dynamics and further enhances SST cooling along the periphery of the gulf.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-1-16-4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume29
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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