Please join us for the following AOS Seminar Thursday, October 17 at 4:00pm in Spiess Hall 330:
Speaker: Ken Melville, Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Title: Research at the Air-Sea-Interaction Laboratory
The lower atmosphere and upper ocean are the location of direct fluxes of mass momentum and energy between the atmosphere and the ocean. In the absence of direct measurements, classical models of the marine atmospheric boundary layer (MABL) and the marine boundary layer (MBL, or "upper mixed layer") , based on boundary layers over rigid surfaces, have been used in coupled atmosphere-ocean models. However, over the last couple of decades, measurements and modeling have shown that both the MABL and MBL are affected by the surface wave field, through its impact on air-sea fluxes and on the structure of the MBL, through the generation of Langmuir circulations. In addition to measurements from R/P FLIP, in recent years we have shown that much of the wave-related data can be acquired from manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using in situ and remote sensing methods. In this talk I will review the contributions of my group at the ASI Laboratory to measuring and modeling these processes.