Spatial Variations of the Wave, Stress and Wind Fields in the Shoaling Zone
OREGON STATE UNIV CORVALLIS COLL OF OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
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Our long term goals are to improve parameterization of surface fluxes in the coastal zone in the presence of wave growth, shoaling, and internal boundary layer development. These goals include improving the present form of similarity theory used by models to predict surface fluxes and stress over water surfaces and documenting development of internal boundary layers in the coastal zone that are currently not modelled correctly, particularly in cases of flow of warm air over colder water. Our objectives are to provide quality controlled data sets which include spatial variation of surface fluxes, stress and wave characteristics and provide vertical structure of the wind and thermodynamic variables in the coastal zone. The objectives also include both evaluation of present formulations for surface fluxes at the air-sea interface and evaluation of model simulations of internal boundary layer development.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography