12th Conference on Interactions of the Sea and Atmosphere


Evaluation and Improvement of Bulk Aerodynamic Algorithms at High Wind Speeds

Brenda L. Mulac, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; and J. A. Curry

A comparison of three bulk aerodynamic algorithms (Clayson, et al., Coare2.6, and Zeng, et al.) was performed using several high wind speed (>15m/s) datasets from SEAFLUX. These datasets include FASTEX, CATCH, and Framzy99. The Coare2.6 algorithm proved to be the least problematic and was chosen for further development. Different bulk-to-skin temperature and sea spray models were added to the bulk algorithm and compared to the high wind insitu fluxes. The results of the comparison are presented and discussed.

Session 3, Part 1: Air-sea Fluxes and interfacial processes
Monday, 10 February 2003, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

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