Accession Number : ADA315891

Title :   Observations and Modelling of Winds and Waves During the Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment. Report 4. ROWS Wind and Wave Observations. 12 February - 7 March 1991.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Jackson, Frederick C.

PDF Url : ADA315891

Report Date : AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 248

Abstract : The Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment (SWADE) was a large-scale, multi-platform surface wave experiment that was conducted in the southern mid-Atlantic Bight (MAB) off the U.S. east coast during the fall and winter of 1990-1991. The purpose of the experiment was to study the dynamics and evolution of the directional wave field in response to meteorological forcing making use of recent advances in analysis and in situ data collection, numerical wave modelling, and airborne remote sensing. Of the remote sensing instruments participating in the SWADE, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Radar Ocean Wave Spectrometer (ROWS) instrument was the most heavily exercised. ROWS collected approximately 45 hr of high-resolution, directional wave spectra and wind speed data on more than a dozen aircraft flights before, during, and after the last intensive observation period (IOP-3). Processed data include 158 spectra files and 88 wind speed files for 12 flights conducted over the period 12 February-7 March, 1991. This report presents all ROWS data that have been processed to date for the SWADE mission. Buoy and model data collected during the St. Valentine's Day frontal episode (14-16 February, 1991) are also presented.

Descriptors :   *OCEAN WAVES, *MARINE METEOROLOGY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COASTAL REGIONS, SURFACE WAVES, OCEAN CURRENTS, WIND, HIGH RESOLUTION, METEOROLOGICAL RADAR, METEOROLOGICAL DATA, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, FLOW FIELDS, SEASONAL VARIATIONS, REMOTE DETECTORS, DATA ACQUISITION, WIND VELOCITY, ATLANTIC OCEAN, SEA STATES, OCEAN MODELS, OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS, REMOTE DETECTION, ATMOSPHERE MODELS, BUOYS, FRONTS(METEOROLOGY).

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Meteorology

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