Accession Number : AD0764196

Title :   Application of a Theoretical Model to Velocity Fields Observed Over Water Waves.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Stauffer,Barry C.

Report Date : MAR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : A theoretical model is developed for the wind velocity field in the atmospheric near-water layer above ocean waves. A turbulent exchange coefficient due to the wave-caused velocity fluctuations is introduced into the equations to account for the corresponding turbulent nature of the motion and the resulting energy fluxes. The equations of motion for air are derived in a manner to allow for variation of the turbulent exchange coefficient with height. A stream function is introduced and a numerical solution obtained by use of the Richtmyer method. The profiles of wave-caused Reynolds stresses and their resulting energy transfers are discussed and compared with observational data. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN WAVES, WIND), VORTICES, REYNOLDS NUMBER, STRESSES, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, EQUATIONS OF MOTION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, THESES

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE