Understanding Near-Surface and In-Cloud Turbulent Fluxes in the Coastal Stratocumulus-Topped Boundary Layers
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF METEOROLOGY
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The long-term goal of this project is to understand the spatial and temporal variation of the surface fluxes in relation to the variability of the sea state and the stratocumulus-topped boundary layers and to improve the physical parameterizations of surface flux and boundary layer processes in regional and climate models. The objective of this project is to understand the spatial and temporal variability of the turbulent fluxes in relation to the sea state and the stratocumulus-topped marine atmospheric boundary layers MABL properties. Our work in FY06 focused on the investigation of the causes of difference in turbulence fluxes in along and cross wind sampling with aircraft and bulk estimates, the characterization of flux profiles, and the effect of synoptic scale parameters on boundary layer structure in the area of Monterey Bay. The analysis of aircraft data was supplemented by data from other measurement platforms during the Autonomous Oceanographic Sampling Network AOSN-II Experiment cosponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute MBARI and ONR.