Modeling Turbulent Air-Sea Exchange in High Winds
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER HANOVER NH COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB
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LONG-TERM GOALS The goal is to investigate, theoretically and through analyzing existing data, the role that sea spray plays in transferring heat, moisture, and momentum across the air-sea interface, especially in high winds. Ultimately, I plan to develop simple, fast, physics-based parameterizations for these air-sea fluxes for use in large-scale models, especially those simulating tropical and extratropical storms. OBJECTIVES 1. By analyzing turbulent flux data sets, develop simple, fast parameterizations for the air-sea sensible and latent heat fluxes, the total enthalpy flux, and the surface stress in high winds, where sea spray is mediating all of these exchanges. 2. Theoretically extend these parameterizations to high winds, up to hurricane strength 60 ms. 3. Collaborate with large-scale modelers to implement and test these formulations in state-of-the-art coupled atmosphere-ocean models.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography