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Estimates of the generation of available potential energy by infrared radiationData from the National Meteorological Center and net outgoing infrared radiation (IR) data measured by NOAA satellites for January 1977 are used to compute estimates of the spectral and spatial contributions to the net generation of available potential energy in the Northern Hemisphere due to infrared radiation. Although these estimates are necessarily crude, the results obtained indicate that IR causes destruction of both zonal and eddy available potential energy. The contributions from midlatitudes to the zonal and eddy generation are about -5.0 W/sq m and about -0.6 W/sq m, respectively. The eddy generation is due almost entirely to stationary wavenumbers one and two. Comparison with earlier studies and computation of Newtonian cooling coefficients are discussed.
Document ID
19840066733
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Hansen, A. R. (Control Data Corp., Minneapolis, MN; Yale University New Haven, CT, United States)
Nagle, R. L. (Yale University New Haven, CT, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Monthly Weather Review
Volume: 112
ISSN: 0027-0644
Subject Category
METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS8-34903
Distribution Limits
Public
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