Turbulent Air-Sea Exchange in Extreme Winds and Its Effects on Storm Structure
NORTHWEST RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC REDMOND WA
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The goal is to investigate, theoretically and through analyzing existing data, sea surface physics and air-sea exchange in extreme winds. This is a collaboration between Ed Andreas and Kerry Emanuel. Our underlying motivations are improving predictions of tropical cyclone intensity and structure and developing guidelines for planning an eventual field experiment to observe the air-sea drag and enthalpy exchange in high winds. . Ultimately these goals require our developing physics-based parameterizations and theoretical constraints for turbulent air-sea fluxes in extreme winds. One focus will be on the role that sea spray plays in transferring heat, moisture, and momentum across the air-sea interface in high winds.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Fluid Mechanics