The Ocean's Aerosol Source Function
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF PHYSICS
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The major long-term goal of this work is to determine the fundamentals of the ocean aerosol source function. The specific objective of this project is to determine the mechanisms by which ocean droplets are generated. For each of these mechanisms the objective becomes the measurement of the numbers, sizes, and associated birth parameters such as ejection speed and trajectory of the droplets. The two best known and studied mechanisms of ocean droplet production are the jet and film drops from bursting bubbles. Less well known and almost completely unstudied are the droplets generated by the surface impacts of other droplets. The existence of secondary droplets generated by the impacts of primary film drops has now been established. So, it becomes important to determine the birth parameters of these secondary droplets. This work is supported by ONR Marine Meteorology.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography