CBLAST Data Analysis: Air-Sea Interaction Floats
Final rept. 1 Sep 2000-30 Sep 2007
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA MARINE PHYSICAL LAB
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The objective of this program is to analyze data from the deployment of a class of low-cost instruments that were deployed into hurricanes during the Coupled Boundary Layer Air Sea Transfer CBLAST initiative. Measurements of the air-sea interface in very high sea states present a difficult challenge for both remote sensing techniques and in-situ moored or shipboard instrumentation. With significant effort and cost, moorings and surface buoys can be designed to withstand the rigors of the sea-surface during these conditions. However, the statistical nature of very high wind events such as hurricanes, typhoons, and large winter storms requires that moorings be deployed over long periods of time in order to raise the probability of the instrumentation being in the right place and at the right time. The recent improvement of synoptic, predictive models of storm events now presents the opportunity for adaptively sampling the upper ocean during storms through strategic placement of light-weight, low-cost instrumentation in the path of incoming storm events.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography