Microphysics of Air-Sea Exchanges
ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE MIAMI FL
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The research efforts are targeted at improving our understanding of the microphysics of air-sea exchanges, especially the physics of the oceanic thermal skin and diurnally-influenced layers. This will lead to better assimilation of satellite-derived sea-surface temperature SST fields into meaningful climatologies and to more physically-based applications of satellite data to studies of air-sea interactions and to other naval applications. The constellation of the new generation of satellites with infrared radiometers for SST measurements has a range of local over-pass times and, because of the diurnally forced fluctuation in SST and of the fluctuations of the skin effect in response to differing air-sea fluxes, this creates a problem in combining these fields into a reliable, consistent composite analysis. The results of this new research will improve the reliability of such composite analyses for naval applications.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography