The Response of the Upper Ocean to Monsoonal Forcing
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA
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The ultimate goal of my research is a complete characterization of the upper oceans response to atmospheric forcing. The forcing takes place through surface fluxes of heat, fresh water and momentum. The response may be local and direct, or may be modified by advection and wave propagation. The scientific objective of my effort is the observation of the oceanic response to the Arabian Sea monsoons. The primary technological objective is the development of a light-weight meteorological package for deployment on a surface mooring. The Arabian Sea is an attractive region for an air-sea interaction experiment because of the strength and steadiness of the monsoons. The wind-stress spectrum is more energetic at low frequencies in the Arabian Sea than in mid-latitude locations where the forcing is dominated by storms. The Arabian Sea ARI thus provides an interesting contrast to previous experiments done at higher latitudes such as LOTUS, FASINEX, and Ocean Storms.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography