Accession Number:

ADA550953

Title:

Atmospheric Forcing of Ocean Convection in the Labrador Sea

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF METEOROLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

My long-term goal is to improve our ability to model and predict dynamic and thermodynamic ocean processes in high-latitude regions. Specifically, I seek to understand and predict how atmospheric forcing such as surface momentum, heat and salinity fluxes affects the ocean. The ultimate objective of this study is to understand the relation between atmospheric forcing and deep convection in high-latitude seas, in particular, the Labrador Sea. The atmosphere provides the crucial input into the upper ocean, which results in destabilization and convection in the ocean. A necessary component of this objective is to verify and improve the parameterizations which numerical models use to specify surface fluxes over high-latitude marine regions. Another objective is to enhance our understanding of how these surface fluxes are related to upper-level and large scale atmospheric features. Finally, I seek to quantify the various feedbacks that occur between the ocean and atmosphere in the Labrador Sea and other high-latitude, oceans.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE