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A Climatological Estimate of Precipitation for the World Ocean

W. P. ElliottAir Resources Laboratories, Environmental Research Laboratories, NOAA, Rockville, MD 20852

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R. K. ReedPacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Environmental Research Laboratories, NOAA, Seattle, WA 98115

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Abstract

Climatological estimates of mean annual precipitation over the world ocean are presented and discussed. We obtained a value for mean annual oceanic precipitation (between 65°N and 60°S) of 93 cm, which is smaller than some other estimates. These results are supported by a recent analysis of tropical rainfall based on satellite techniques. Aspects of the need for and utility of climatological information are discussed.

Abstract

Climatological estimates of mean annual precipitation over the world ocean are presented and discussed. We obtained a value for mean annual oceanic precipitation (between 65°N and 60°S) of 93 cm, which is smaller than some other estimates. These results are supported by a recent analysis of tropical rainfall based on satellite techniques. Aspects of the need for and utility of climatological information are discussed.

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