An Investigation on Temperature Fluctuations over Ocean Waves.
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Joint probability distributions and conditional means functions are used to analyze turbulent wind and temperature data obtained over natural ocean waves. The data were collected aboard RV FLIP during BOMEX 1969. Stable conditions prevailed during all time periods considered. The emphasis is to use the statistical procedures to describe the waves influence on the temperature fluctuations at the 8 meter level. Results are compared with predictions given by potential flow theory. The results consistently demonstrate that waves exert an influence on the temperature fluctuations. In addition, it is observed that under near neutral thermal stratification or prolonged periods of stable thermal stratification the temperature fluctuations approached those expected from potential flow. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography