Analysis of Near-Surface Oceanic Measurements Obtained During the Low-Wind Component of the Coupled Boundary Layers and Air-Sea Transfer (CBLAST) Experiment
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY WOODS HOLE MA
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LONG-TERM GOALS. To quantify and understand the processes that control the vertical transport of momentum and heat beneath the ocean surface. To evaluate and improve subgridscale parameterizations of the vertical transport processes. To incorporate the improved parameterizations into routinely applied numerical simulations of oceanographic processes. OBJECTIVES. To close momentum and heat budgets spanning the air-sea interface using direct-covariance measurements of the turbulent fluxes on both sides of the interface. To quantify the characteristics of Langmuir circulations and understand their relationship to wind and wave forcing. To quantify and understand the relative importance of shear-generated turbulence, buoyancy, Langmuir circulations, and wave breaking in accomplishing vertical transport of momentum and heat beneath the air-sea interface. To quantify the dominant balances in the turbulent kinetic energy and temperature variance equations.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology