Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Research article
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21 Sep 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 21 Sep 2018

Diurnal land surface energy balance partitioning estimated from the thermodynamic limit of a cold heat engine

Axel Kleidon and Maik Renner


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Peer-review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (20 Jul 2018) by Michel Crucifix
AR by Axel Kleidon on behalf of the Authors (09 Aug 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (29 Aug 2018) by Michel Crucifix

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Axel Kleidon on behalf of the Authors (11 Sep 2018)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (11 Sep 2018) by Michel Crucifix
Short summary
Turbulent fluxes represent an efficient way to transport heat and moisture from the surface into the atmosphere. Due to their inherently highly complex nature, they are commonly described by semiempirical relationships. What we show here is that these fluxes can also be predicted by viewing them as the outcome of a heat engine that operates between the warm surface and the cooler atmosphere and that works at its limit.
Final-revised paper