14th Conference on Interaction of the Sea and Atmosphere


Air-sea interaction over quasi-permanent meanders in the Gulf Stream

Richard Justin Orford Small, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI; and S. P. Xie and Y. Wang

A common feature of the Gulf Stream system is the presence of meanders, either propagating or quasi-stationary. This study investigates the atmospheric response to quasi-stationary meanders. Satellite scatterometer and microwave imager data show that the surface winds are modulated in phase with the SST perturbations. A high resolution regional climate model and a simple boundary layer model are used to help explain this wind response. .

Session 9, Regional Scale Air–Sea Interaction
Thursday, 2 February 2006, 8:30 AM-12:15 PM, A309

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