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21 Sep 2018
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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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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.
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