Defining and quantifying microscale wave breaking with infrared imagery

  title={Defining and quantifying microscale wave breaking with infrared imagery},
  author={Andrew T. Jessup and Christopher J. Zappa and Harry Yeh},
Breaking without air entrainment of very short wind-forced waves, or microscale wave breaking, is undoubtedly widespread over the oceans and may prove to be a significant mechanism for enhancing the transfer of heat and gas across the air-sea interface. However, quantifying the effects of microscale wave breaking has been difficult because the phenomenon lacks the visible manifestation of whitecapping. In this brief report we present limited but promising laboratory measurements which show that… CONTINUE READING
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