Session 2 Air/Sea Coupled Modeling: Processes & Operational Prediction—Part II

Tuesday, 8 January 2013: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room 18B (Austin Convention Center)
Host: 11th Symposium on the Coastal Environment
Rui Caldeira, CIIMAR, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Porto

Several processes occur between the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and the ocean surface; these processes mediate the exchange of momentum, heat and gas, with important environmental and/or climate impacts, especially in coastal zones. Islands and mountainous coastal regions perturb the atmospheric (orographic) flows inducing strong impacts to the ocean surface. Such regions function as ideal hot-spots to study the coupled system, bringing together atmosphere and ocean scientists alike. On the other hand, extreme weather events such as hurricanes have also been used as case studies to further explore the air-sea coupling system. In this session, we propose to discuss studies, which contribute to improve our understanding of the dynamics occurring at the interface between the sea surface and the ABL on short timescales (less than a week), including observations, numerical modeling and/or laboratory studies. To further improve the current state-of-the-art, we encourage the discussion of studies emphasizing two-way coupling and feedback mechanisms, which contribute to the improvement of monitoring and forecasting systems. Our session particularly encourages efforts using pre-operational and operational two-way coupled modeling tools such as COAMPS - and the challenges and opportunities these systems present.

11:00 AM
11:45 AM
The Atmospheric Wake of Madeira: A simple air/sea coupled system
Johannes Sachsperger, Univ. of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; and V. Grubisic and R. Caldeira
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