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Wind Stress Parameterisation in the Southern Ocean

Hutchinson, David Karel


Wind stress is often parameterised in ocean-atmosphere coupled models by a quadratic function of atmosphere velocity. Strictly speaking, this drag law should be a quadratic function of the difference between the ocean and atmosphere velocities. The two schemes give very similar magnitudes of stress, however the power input is significantly reduced under the velocity difference stress. This work is the first to model this effect in the Southern Ocean. The velocity difference stress is found to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008-11
Type: Thesis (Honours)


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