12th Conference on Interactions of the Sea and Atmosphere


Flux–profile relations over the open ocean

Carl A. Friehe, University of California, Irvine, CA; and T. Hristov

Temperature and humidity profiles were measured in the marine atmospheric surface layer over the ocean from the stable platform R/P FLIP near Oahu, Hawaii as a part of the RED experiment. Five radiation-shielded sensors (thermistors for temperature, cooled-mirror dew pointers for humidity) were at fixed heights over the range 5 to 17m above the sea surface. Four sonic anemometers were also in the vertical array. Conditions were slightly unstable, typical of the trade-wind boundary layer. Initial evaluations of the flux-profile relationships indicate that the temperature and humidity profiles differ significantly from those over land and from each other.

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Poster Session 6, Red Seas Experiments and Active Remote Sensing of Air-Sea Interaction
Thursday, 13 February 2003, 9:45 AM-11:00 AM

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