Reduced drag coefficient for high wind speeds in tropical cyclones

  title={Reduced drag coefficient for high wind speeds in tropical cyclones},
  author={M. Powell and P. J. Vickery and T. Reinhold},
  • M. Powell, P. J. Vickery, T. Reinhold
  • Published 2003
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The transfer of momentum between the atmosphere and the ocean is described in terms of the variation of wind speed with height and a drag coefficient that increases with sea surface roughness and wind speed. But direct measurements have only been available for weak winds; momentum transfer under extreme wind conditions has therefore been extrapolated from these field measurements. Global Positioning System sondes have been used since 1997 to measure the profiles of the strong winds in the… CONTINUE READING
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