On the variability of the fluxes of momentum and sensible heat

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Abstract

Direct measurements of the air-sea turbulent fluxes of momentum and heat, along with surface currents, waves and supporting meteorological variables, were acquired during a recent field campaign. Surface currents, measured from a very high frequency radar, were found to steer the stress away from the mean wind direction. Although this effect has been reported in a recent scatterometer study, this is the first time it has been observed in an in situ study with co-located flux, wind and surface current measurements. Data collected during a week of stationary conditions are used to investigate and quantify the sampling variability of the air-sea fluxes of momentum and sensible heat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-107
Number of pages27
JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
Volume119
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

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Keywords

  • Air-sea fluxes
  • Sampling variability
  • Stress direction
  • Surface currents
  • Wind stress

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  • Atmospheric Science

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On the variability of the fluxes of momentum and sensible heat. / Drennan, William M; Shay, Lynn K.

In: Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Vol. 119, No. 1, 04.2006, p. 81-107.

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