Dr. Luc Lenain
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
OA Section Research Candidate Interview Seminar
In this talk, I will discuss recent progress made in our understanding of the role of surface gravity waves in air-sea interaction and submesoscale dynamics using novel laboratory, in-situ and remote sensing observational approaches. This includes the properties of the directional distributions of wind-generated surface waves across the equilibrium and saturation ranges using airborne topographic lidar data, and the role of wave breaking, both through its contribution to the Lagrangian drift at the ocean surface, and as a source of sea spray-aerosols, using data collected during a series of field experiments off the coast of California. Novel observational techniques that have revolutionized our ability to characterize air-sea interaction processes, such as instrumented unmanned surface or aerial vehicles, will also be discussed.