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Aurélie J. Moulin, James N. Moum, and Emily L. Shroyer

1. Introduction Upper ocean heat content changes daily due to radiative forcing from the sun that creates a thin diurnal warm layer (DWL) extending several meters beneath the sea surface. While sea surface temperature (SST) controls the instantaneous air–sea turbulent heat flux, upper ocean heat content provides a diurnally varying heat reservoir that regulates the phase between solar heat flux and the diurnal SST cycle. The thickness and average temperature of this reservoir, which constitutes

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