Accession Number:

ADA629016

Title:

The Ocean's Aerosol Source Function

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

The major long term goal of this work is to determine the fundamentals of the ocean aerosol source function. The objective of this work is to determine the mechanisms by which ocean droplets are generated. For each of these mechanisms the objective becomes the measurement of the number, size and associated birth parameters such as ejection speed, angle, time and height of the droplets. The two best known and studied mechanisms of ocean droplet production are the jet and film drops from bursting bubbles. Less well known and almost completely unstudied are the droplets generated by the surface impacts of other droplets. There is now, for example, very strong evidence that primary film drops generate secondary film drops when they impact the surface, at high speed, immediately adjacent to their parent bubbles. Another objective, then, is to determine the birth parameters of these secondary droplets. This work is supported by ONR Marine Meteorology.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE