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Air-sea fluxes - light winds to hurricanes

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 2 pm

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Chris W. Fairall
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Boulder, CO

The last two decades have seen significant advances in the measurement and characterization of air-sea fluxes. Thanks to developments in theoretical understanding, models/parameterizations of air-sea fluxes have also been expanded to include trace gases and particles. The role of waves and breaking waves is still an unsolved problem and, to date, most of the work has been done at wind speeds less than 20 m/s. This means that fluxes in hurricanes represent a major unanswered but important question. In this talk I will attempt to give a broad outline of flux measurement technology and recent expansion of capabilities to make measurements (almost) routinely from ships. I will then discuss efforts to measure fluxes and wave properties in hurricanes using remote sensing.

Host Judith Perlinger (


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