A method of estimating longwave radiation Over the Indian seas based on surface synoptic observations
Keywords:Outgoing longwave radiation, Heat flux, Effective longwave radiation, Cloud cover, Counter radiation, Relative humidity
An attempt has been made to estimate longwave radiative flux from sea surface using semi empirical models with the help of routinely observed meteorological parameters during the monsoon season. The estimated values are then compared with observed values to find out an appropriate method to compute a longwave flux.
The study shows that clouds play an important role in determining the longwave flux. It IS found that lack of detailed knowledge of clouds obtained from ground based observations is responsible for the errors in the estimation of longwave flux. The errors are reduced using a regression method based on Monsoon-77 data set. The method was then tested with Monex-79 data set which served as independent data set. The method thus developed considerably reduces the errors associated with the estimation of long wave flux.
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