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LATENT HEAT FLUX

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Definition

Latent heat flux is the flux of heat from the Earth's surface to the atmosphere that is associated with evaporation of water at the surface and subsequent condensation of water vapor in the troposphere. It is an important component of Earth's surface energy budget. Latent heat flux is commonly measured with the Bowen ratio technique, or by eddy covariance.

Applications

  1. Water cycle
  2. Energy cycle
  3. Weather forecast
  4. Climate prediction model

GES DISC Datasets

To access products that have a specific parameter click on the corresponding 'data access' links in the table below.

Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data
Begin Date End Date Access Doc
Latent heat flux W/m^2 GLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y
Latent heat flux W/m^2 NLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y

Other sources for data

  1. LDAS

 

 

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