On the Thermal Boundary Layer of the Ocean

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Science  06 May 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3410, pp. 1374-1376
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3410.1374


Measurement of the long-wave infrared radiation from the top 0.1 mm of the evaporating ocean demonstrates the existence of a cool surface layer characterized by departures of as much as 0.6°C from the "surface temperature" found by conventional methods. Being very thin, the layer cools sufficiently rapidly to reestablish itself in less than 12 seconds after disruption by a breaking wave.