Title The effect of misleading surface temperature estimations on the sensible heat fluxes at a high Arctic site; the Arctic Turbulence Experiment 2006 on Svalbard (ARCTEX-2006)
Author Lüers, J.; Bareiss, J.
Author Affil Lüers, J., Universität Bayreuth, Abteilung Mikrometeorologie, Bayreuth, Germany
Source Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10(1), p.157-168, . Publisher: Copernicus, Katlenburg-Lindau, International. ISSN: 1680- 7316
Publication Date 2010
Notes In English. Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions: 10 August 2009, http://www.atmos-chem-phys- discuss.net/9/16913/2009/acpd-9-16913- 2009.html ; accessed in May, 2011. 74 refs. GeoRef Acc. No: 310481
Index Terms atmospheric boundary layer; boundary layer; geochemical cycles; global change; global warming; humidity; ice; melting; meteorology; permafrost; polar regions; polar atmospheres; snow; soils; soil temperature; solar radiation; statistical analysis; temperature; tundra; vegetation; water; water temperature; Spitsbergen--Ny-Alesund; polar regions; Arctic region; Arctic Tubulence Experiment; atmosphere; carbon; carbon cycle; covariance analysis; eddies; energy balance; geochemical cycle; monitoring; Ny-Alesund; seasonal variations; Spitsbergen; Spitsbergen Island; Svalbard
Abstract The observed rapid climate warming in the Arctic requires improvements in permafrost and carbon cycle monitoring, accomplished by setting up long-term observation sites with high-quality in-situ measurements of turbulent heat, water and carbon fluxes as well as soil physical parameters in Arctic landscapes. But accurate quantification and well adapted parameterizations of turbulent fluxes in polar environments presents fundamental problems in soil-snow-ice-vegetation- atmosphere interaction studies. One of these problems is the accurate estimation of the surface or aerodynamic temperature T(0) required to force most of the bulk aerodynamic formulae currently used. Results from the Arctic-Turbulence-Experiment (ARCTEX- 2006) performed on Svalbard during the winter/spring transition 2006 helped to better understand the physical exchange and transport processes of energy. The existence of an atypical temperature profile close to the surface in the Arctic spring at Svalbard could be proven to be one of the major issues hindering estimation of the appropriate surface temperature. Thus, it is essential to adjust the set-up of measurement systems carefully when applying flux-gradient methods that are commonly used to force atmosphere- ocean/land-ice models. The results of a comparison of different sensible heat-flux parameterizations with direct measurements indicate that the use of a hydrodynamic three- layer temperature-profile model achieves the best fit and reproduces the temporal variability of the surface temperature better than other approaches.
URL http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/10/157/2010/acp-10-157-2010.pdf
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 65007118