The Coupled Boundary Layers and Air-Sea Transfer (CBLAST) DRI Program Office
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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The CBLAST DRI is an Office of Naval Research initiative focusing on processes that occur in the oceanic and atmospheric wave boundary layers, i.e., the regions influenced by ocean surface waves. The long-range goal of the proposed research is to understand air-sea interaction and coupled atmospheric and oceanic boundary layer dynamics at extremely low wind speeds where the dynamic processes are driven andor strongly modulated by thermal forcing and extremely high winds speeds associated with hurricanes where there is no longer a distinct interface between the ocean and atmosphere. The low wind regime extends from the extreme situation where wind stress is negligible and thermal forcing dominates up to wind speeds where wave breaking and Langmuir circulations are also expected to play a role in the exchange processes. The hurricane regime will include investigations within and around hurricanes and tropical storms.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography