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Why is the sea salinity high in the Mediterannean and Red Sea and low in Indonesia and Malaysia?

It has nothing (or very, very little) to do with desalinization plants. It has to do with the balance between Evaporation minus Precipitation (E-P), rivers, and advection. The link to E-P is the main ...
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FLUXNET15 - how to convert latent heat flux to actual evapotranspiration?

Yes. Evapotranspiration ($ET$) can be calculated from latent heat ($LE$) by dividing by latent heat of vaporization ($\lambda$) $$ ET = \frac{LE}{\lambda} $$ This assumes density of water equal to ...
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At what latitudes does the precipitation water for Europe evaporate?

A challenge is going to be "which moisture is from where". Because the atmosphere doesn't ever completely empty of moisture, for any given precipitation, which water molecules were from ...
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At what latitudes does the precipitation water for Europe evaporate?

I recently became aware of this dataset and paper, which I think is the sort of thing you're looking for: Tuinenburg et al (2020): Global evaporation to precipitation flows obtained with Lagrangian ...
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