Accession Number : ADA330047

Title :   Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and the Development of the Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 27 Feb 95-31 May 97,

Corporate Author : SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA

Personal Author(s) : Rogers, David P.

PDF Url : ADA330047

Report Date : 07 OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : The goal of this research was to provide an understanding of the processes that control the structure of the marine atmosphere and its interaction with the ocean. In particular, we focussed on understanding the processes that control the exchange of heat and moisture between the ocean and the atmosphere and understanding the physical processes that control the formation, development and decay of stratocumulus clouds in the marine boundary layer. These results have led to new insight into the interactions between cumulus and stratocumulus clouds in a marine layer capped by a temperature inversion. The results are applicable to the development of coupled ocean-atmosphere models where accurate information on the temperature of the sea surface is required. Generally, coupled models fail to resolve accurately the sea surface temperature because they do not include the cloud processes addressed in the present study.

Descriptors :   *BOUNDARY LAYER, *MARINE ATMOSPHERES, *AIR WATER INTERACTIONS, *CLOUD PHYSICS, HEAT TRANSFER, OCEAN SURFACE, MOISTURE, ATMOSPHERE MODELS, TEMPERATURE INVERSION, STRATUS CLOUDS, CUMULUS CLOUDS.

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE