Comment on "Seasonal Heat Budgets of the Red and Black Seas" by Matsoukas et al.
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Matsoukas et al. 2007 present a monthly analysis of heat fluxes in relation to heat budget in the Red and Black Seas to provide further insight for air-sea exchange processes in the small ocean basins. Components of net surface heat flux are illustrated during 1984-1995. In computing latent and sensible heat fluxes, Matsoukas et al. 2007 apply traditional bulk formulations. A heat balance method that is based on the available energy for evaporation flux is also presented to compare latent heat fluxes with those from the bulk formulations. All near-surface atmospheric variables, including wind speed at 10 m, used in the heat balance method are obtained from reanalysis of a numerical weather product NWP. Initial input data for radiation flux calculations are at resolutions of 1.0-degrees and 2-degrees, depending on the availability. Monthly means of heat budget components are computed on the basis of monthly means of atmospheric variables during 1984-2000.
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