Bubble Cloud Depth under a Hurricane
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS DETACHMENT STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS
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The bubble cloud depth and its correlation with extreme winds are key elements of bubble mediated gas injection, which are critical to the determination of the global gas budgets. The characteristics of bubble cloud depth were examined from measurements collected during the passage of a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 50 ms. The bubble cloud depth increases linearly with wind speed for winds less than 35 ms. Our findings are consistent with previous observations at low to moderate wind speeds. However, the rate of increase is reduced significantly at winds higher than 35 ms.