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Probability distributions of sea-surface winds

PI: Adam Monahan
Institution: University of Victoria
Additional Investigators: Aiguo Dai
Abstract:
Observations (remotely sensed, buoy, and reanalysis) show characteristic interrelationships between the moments of sea-surface winds that can be related to the nonlinear surface drag predicted by classical boundary-layer theory (e.g. Monahan, J. Atmos. Sci. 61, 2037-2049, 2004 and Monahan, J. Climate, submitted (available from http://web.uvic.ca/~monahana/monahan.html)). The analysis I would like to carry out would investigate the extent to which these relationships are realised in coupled GCMs, and therefore the extent to which the probability distributions of sea-surface winds are accurately simulated. As sea-surface winds play a leading role in air/sea fluxes, it is crucial that we investigate and understand the accuracy of their simulation. The data that would be required would be sea-surface vector winds at the highest possible temporal resolution.
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