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Free Content Diurnal Energy Balance of a Caribbean Barrier Reef Environment

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The diurnal means and variations of the energy balance components are computed and compared for a sandy cay and a shallow lagoon at Carrie Bow Cay along the Belize barrier reef in the western Caribbean. The results are representative of the heating season from March through September. For the lagoon, net radiation, water currents, and breaking waves on the average, supply 124, 103, and 31 W m−2, respectively. This irradiance gain at the surface is balanced by a 202 W m−2 evaporative heat flux and a 56 W m−2 sensible heat flux. On the average, net radiation supplies 64 W m−2 to the sand surface of which 54 W m−2 returns to the atmosphere through evaporation and 10 W m−2 through sensible irradiance. The mean ground heat flux component is in each instance negligible.

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Publication date: 1978-01-01

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