Effect of Ocean Waves on Air-sea Momentum Fluxes and Hurricane Intensity

Abstract

Recent observational studies demonstrate that airsea momentum flux at high wind conditions in hurricanes strongly depends on the wave field and that the drag coefficient (Cd = u*/U10) levels off or even decreases at very high winds (Powell et al. 2003). Yet most hurricane research and forecast model utilize the bulk parameterization, i.e., the boundary… (More)

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