Sensible heat flow

From Glossary of Meteorology



sensible heat flow

The transfer of sensible heat (enthalpy) from one region of a fluid to another by fluid motion.

In the atmosphere, the poleward transport of sensible heat across a given latitude belt is given by the integral
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, where cp is the specific heat of air at constant pressure, ρ the air density, v the northward component of the wind speed, T the air temperature, and ds an element of the vertical boundary at the given latitude. It must be assumed that the net mass transport
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must vanish or the question of the zero-point internal energy will arise.
See also energy equation.


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