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Air-Sea Energy and Mass Exchanges and their Impacts on the Ocean and Atmosphere
Convener: Sergey Gulev  | Co-Convener: Bernard Barnier 
 / Thu, 16 Apr, 13:30–15:00
 / Attendance Thu, 16 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Air-sea energy and mass exchanges represent the language of ocean-atmosphere communication. Surface energy fluxes force ocean and atmospheric dynamics and provide feedbacks in a coupled climate system. Accurate estimation of surface energy and mass fluxes is critical for the closure of the ocean energy balance. Surface energy fluxes play a crucial role in the multiscale variability of a coupled climate system and remain effective indicators of climate change. This session intends to provide a dialogue between developers and users of surface air-sea flux products. We invite papers dealing with a broad range of surface flux studies, including those focusing on the fundamentals of air-sea flux physics, on the production of air-sea flux estimates, and on application of air-sea flux products in other fields of climate science. Papers dealing with direct flux measurements, remotely sensed fluxes, air-sea fluxes from reanalyses and operational analyses will be welcome, first of all in the context of validation and inter-comparison of different products. We especially welcome studies of space-time variability at all scales - from synoptic and mesoscale to decadal and centennial. We also welcome analyses of model experiments with ocean, atmospheric and climate models driven by surface fluxes.