Accession Number:

ADA064790

Title:

The Effect of Ocean Thermal Power Plants on the Thermodynamic Characteristics of the Marine Atmosphere: Some Preliminary Results from a One-Dimensional Model,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INC MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-09-20

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

A one-dimensional model consisting of conservation equations for momentum, moisture, and thermodynamic energy in the cloud-free marine atmosphere is constructed and used to investigate the effect of sea surface temperature perturbations on the local thermodynamic characteristics of the atmosphere. It is found that for perturbations in the range that would be produced by Ocean Thermal Power Plants, the average temperature and specific humidity in the marine boundary layer vary linearly with the sea surface temperature with slopes of 0.8 CC and 0.6 gkgC respectively. The total heat flux at the sea surface is also found to vary almost linearly with the sea surface temperature in the range with a slope of 31 calcmdayC.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Non-electrical Energy Conversion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE