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This site contains information about a collaborative work between INGV (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia) and NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to produce climatological estimates of air-sea fluxes over the Mediterranean Sea, starting from ERA-40 products, adjusted to match the long term mean values of the heat budget  and water balance.

The data set described here is given on the native ERA-40 grid which is at the resolution of  1.125 degrees in longitude and 1.121 in latitude starting from (LONG, LAT)=(-19.125, 28.598) and from January 1958 to December 2001.

The 1958-2001 average for each heat flux component is:

Heat flux components: (W m-2)     Water flux components: (m yr-1)
Net short wave radiation 182     Evaporation -1.20
Net long wave radiation -79     Precipitation 0.51
Latent heat -93     Net water flux -0.69
Sensible heat -14        
Net total heat flux         -4        

The methodology is explained in the paper by Pettenuzzo et al. (2010) to be found in the REFERENCES page and more information can be found in README.pdf .

Type of data: Monthly climatology, monthly mean
Month/Year: (Jan, Feb,…..) / (1958….2001)
Fields: Short Wave Radiation,  Long wave Radiation, Latent Heat Flux, Sensible Heat Flux, Evaporation, Precipitation

To download the numerical values, please go to DOWNLOADS page.

To visualize the data please choose the QUICK VIEW page.