Accession Number : ADA329664

Title :   Marine Boundary-Layer Parameterizations for Large-Scale Models: Data Analysis and Verification

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Sep 93-31 Dec 96

Corporate Author : OREGON STATE UNIV CORVALLIS COLL OF OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Mahrt, Larry

PDF Url : ADA329664

Report Date : 31 DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The data sampling and analysis techniques associated with research under this AASERT grant will aid in better estimates of fluxes from observations, a requirement for model verification. The new analysis techniques allow decomposition of the flow into localized modes which are more natural to boundary layer problems compared to the usual Fourier decomposition. The analysis techniques are applicable to observational data sets as well as numerical output. The usual assumption of alignment of the surface stress and surface wind vector was reexamined. This assumption appears to break down with significant temperature advection. This problem was examined in terms of tower data collected in the coastal zone by the Risoe National Laboratory (Denmark). The usual formulation of the surface heat flux in models is inconsistent in that the aerodynamic temperature required for Monin-Okukhov similarity theory is replaced by the surface radiation temperature. The aerodynamic temperature is not readily available and numerous empirical fixes have been suggested to dose the system. The approach here documents these problems by relating the evaporative fraction to remotely sensed information using data from the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study and the California Ozone Deposition Experiment.

Descriptors :   *HEAT FLUX, OCEAN SURFACE, BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEMS, SURFACE TEMPERATURE, ADVECTION, FOURIER ANALYSIS, WIND STRESS, AERODYNAMICS.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE