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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LONG-TERM GOAL. The long-term goal 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. OBJECTIVES. The objective of this project is to quantify the spatial and temporal variability of the turbulent fluxes in the Monterey Bay area. The analysis from this study provides the surface forcing to our collaborators AOSN investigators and enable us to understand these variabilities in relation to the sea states and the stratocumulus-topped marine atmospheric boundary layers MABL properties. The results will also be used to evaluate COAMPS for simulating the stratocumulus-topped MABL STBL. Our work in FY03 was focused on the production of calibrated and time-synchronized high-rate wind turbulence, temperature, and specific humidity data and processed surface fluxes of momentum, sensible heat, and latent heat fluxes from the raw aircraft measurements of the Autonomous Oceanographic Sampling Network AOSN-II Experiment co-sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute MBARI and ONR. We also had a first indication of the spatial and temporal variability of the surface turbulent fluxes over Monterey Bay.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography