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Precipitation and evaporation budgets over the Baltic Proper: observations and modelling
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences. Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Air and Water Science. LUVA. (meteorologi)
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences. Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Air and Water Science. LUVA. (meteorologi)
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2005 (English)In: Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Science, ISSN 1741-7538, Vol. 10, no 3, 163-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Precipitation and evaporation budgets over the Baltic Sea were studied in a concerted project called PEP in BALTEX, combining extensive field measurements and modelling efforts. Eddy-correlation-measurements of turbulent heat flux were made on a semi-continuous basis for a 12 months period at four well-exposed coastal sites in the Baltic Proper. Precipitation was measured at land-based sites with standard gauges and on four merchant ships travelling between Germany and Finland with the aid of specially designed ship rain gauges (SRG).

The evaporation and precipitation regime of the Baltic Sea was modelled for a 12 months period by applying a wide range of numerical models: The operational atmospheric High Resolution Limited Area Model HIRLAM (Swedish and Finnish versions), the German atmospheric REgional-scale MOdel, REMO, the operational German Europe-Model (only precipitation), the oceanographic model PROBE-Baltic, and two models that use interpolation of ground-based data, the Swedish MESAN model of SMHI and a German model of IFM-GEOMAR Kiel.

Modelled precipitation was compared with ship rain gauge measurements on board the ships. A reasonable correlation was obtained, but the regional scale models and MESAN give some 20 percent higher precipitation over the sea than measured.

Bulk parameterisation schemes for evaporation were evaluated against measurements. A constant value of CHN and CEN with wind speed underestimated large fluxes of both sensible and latent heat flux. The limited area models do not resolve the influence of the height of the marine boundary layer in coastal zones and the entrainment processes, which may explain the observed low correlations between modelled and measured latent heat fluxes.

Estimates of evaporation, E, and precipitation, P, for the entire Baltic Proper were made with several models for a 12 months period. While the annual variation was well represented by all predictions, there are still important differences in the total mean. Evaporation ranges from 509 to 625 mm/year and precipitation between 624 and 805 mm/year for the particular 12 months period. Taking the results of model verification from the present study into account, the best estimate of P - E is about 100 50 mm for the particular 12 months period. But the annual mean of P - E varies considerably from year to year. This is reflected in simulations with the PROBE-Baltic model for an 18 years period, which gave 95 mm/year for the 12 months period studied here and 32 mm/year as an average for 18 years.

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2005. Vol. 10, no 3, 163-191 p.
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Precipitation, Evaporation, Baltic Prpoer
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Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-81261DOI: doi:10.1080/17417530500513756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-81261DiVA: diva2:109176
Available from: 2006-07-13 Created: 2006-07-13 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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