Accession Number:

ADA315891

Title:

Observations and Modelling of Winds and Waves During the Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment. Report 4. ROWS Wind and Wave Observations. 12 February - 7 March 1991.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

248.0

Abstract:

The Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment SWADE was a large-scale, multi-platform surface wave experiment that was conducted in the southern mid-Atlantic Bight MAB off the U.S. east coast during the fall and winter of 1990-1991. The purpose of the experiment was to study the dynamics and evolution of the directional wave field in response to meteorological forcing making use of recent advances in analysis and in situ data collection, numerical wave modelling, and airborne remote sensing. Of the remote sensing instruments participating in the SWADE, the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations Radar Ocean Wave Spectrometer ROWS instrument was the most heavily exercised. ROWS collected approximately 45 hr of high-resolution, directional wave spectra and wind speed data on more than a dozen aircraft flights before, during, and after the last intensive observation period IOP-3. Processed data include 158 spectra files and 88 wind speed files for 12 flights conducted over the period 12 February-7 March, 1991. This report presents all ROWS data that have been processed to date for the SWADE mission. Buoy and model data collected during the St. Valentines Day frontal episode 14-16 February, 1991 are also presented.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Meteorology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE