Articles | Volume 15, issue 17
Model evaluation paper
09 Sep 2022
Model evaluation paper |  | 09 Sep 2022

The bulk parameterizations of turbulent air–sea fluxes in NEMO4: the origin of sea surface temperature differences in a global model study

Giulia Bonino, Doroteaciro Iovino, Laurent Brodeau, and Simona Masina

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Short summary
The sea surface temperature (SST) is highly influenced by the transfer of energy driven by turbulent air–sea fluxes (TASFs). In the NEMO ocean general circulation model, TASFs are computed by means of bulk formulas. Bulk formulas require the choice of a given bulk parameterization, which influences the magnitudes of the TASFs. Our results show that parameterization-related SST differences are primarily sensitive to the wind stress differences across parameterizations.