The Coupled Boundary Layers and Air-Sea Transfer (CBLAST) DRI Program Office
Final rept., 1 Apr 2000-31 Dec 2004
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA DEPT OF APPLIED OCEAN PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING
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Little work has been done to explore air-sea interaction and upper ocean dynamics in very light winds, and few observations are available that describe the mesoscale and smaller scale horizontal variability of the upper ocean and lower atmosphere in such conditions. Therefore, observational components of this program will investigate the temporal and spatial evolution of the Coupled Boundary Layers CBLs over vertical scales of centimeters to hundreds of meters, horizontal scales of 10 meters to 10s of kilometers, and time scales of minutes to months. Mesoscale models, large eddy simulations LES, and direct numerical simulations DNS will provide nowcasts, forecasts, and simulations over similar scales. The numerical results will provide a context for interpreting our measurements, while our measurements will provide a means to initialize and evaluate the estimates of turbulent fluxes and dissipation rates calculated by these models. The objective of the Coupled Boundary Layers and Air-Sea Transfer CBLAST DRI Program Office is to assist the CBLAST principal investigators in their research and publication efforts in all aspects of the program.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Fluid Mechanics