Spatial Variation of Wind Stress and Wave Field in the Shoaling Zone
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION IDAHO FALLS ID AIR RESOURCES LAB FIELD RESEARCH DIV
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Existing atmospheric models for predicting surface stress and turbulent structure in the shoaling zone fail because of their inability to properly account for wave age, shoaling, and internal boundary layer development. Accurate model simulation of surface stress and turbulence above the air-sea interface is important for a number of applications including understanding wave growth and decay. Our goals are 1. to measure the spatial variation of the wind, surface stress, and ocean wave fields in the shoaling zone and to provide quality-controlled data to the shoaling community and 2. to study the relationship between the spatial varying mean wind, stress, turbulence structures, and surface wave fields in order to model effects of wave age, shoaling, and internal boundary layer development on the drag coefficient and momentum transfer.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography