Accession Number:

ADA633928

Title:

Breaking Waves, Langmuir Circulation and Bubbles in the Mixed Layer

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE OF OCEAN SCIENCES SIDNEY (CANADA)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Our goal is to use a combination of measurement and analysis to determine processes responsible for vertical transfer of heat, mass and momentum across the near surface of the ocean. Wave breaking and the role of turbulence and Langmuir circulation in redistributing bubbles are of particular interest. The key scientific objectives are i to test models of turbulence in the upper few metres of the wind driven ocean, especially relating to the effect of wave breaking ii to interpret MBL data showing thermal inhibition of Langmuir circulationiii to determine the response of Langmuir circulation to misalignment between wind and waves.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE