Investigations of Atmospheric Forcing During the High Resolution Main Experiment
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA DEPT OF APPLIED OCEAN PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING
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The long term objective of this research is to relate the information received by radar antennae into relevant atmospheric and oceanic variables at spatial scales of 0.1 to 1 kilometer. Since radar backscatter is dependent on surface conditions, a better understanding of the mechanisms at work will allow researchers to develop new models relating backscatter to geophysical parameters. The improvement in the model physics also will improve their usefulness as interpretive tools in remote sensing studies at much larger scales e.g., climate studies. Secondly, the simultaneous measurement of short wave spectra with wind stress and direction will allow us to test current theories of the growth and equilibrium of short waves and their modification by current gradients. These theories currently parameterize wind input, long wave interactions, and dissipation in attempting to determine the equilibrium short wave spectrum.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography