Parameterization of Air-Sea Fluxes for High Wind Conditions
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION BOULDER CO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY LAB
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The long-term goal is improved understanding of fundamental processes of turbulence and air-sea interactions. The standard model for dealing with turbulence and air-sea interactions has three components 1 The ocean surface can be characterized by its temperature and aerodynamic roughness. 2 Given 1 we can use the wind speed and air temperaturehumidity to determine the air sea fluxes. All relevant properties of the profiles of the mean and turbulent fields in the surface layer can them be computed with scaling parameters derived from these fluxes using Monin Obukhov Similarity MOS theory. 3 The small-scale properties of the turbulence structure functions and inertial subrange spectra can be described solely in terms of the wavenumberspatial separation and the dissipation rate and these are scaled by MOS.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography