Accession Number:

ADA624942

Title:

Microphysics of Air-Sea Exchanges

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

ROSENSTIEL SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE MIAMI FL

Report Date:

2001-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE