The Impact of Rapid Wind Variability upon Air – Sea Thermal Coupling

  title={The Impact of Rapid Wind Variability upon Air – Sea Thermal Coupling},
  author={P. S. Sura and Matthew Newman},
The basic effect of extratropical atmosphere–ocean thermal coupling is to enhance the variance of both anomalous sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and air temperatures (AIRT) due to a decreased energy flux between the atmosphere and ocean, called reduced thermal damping. In this paper it is shown that rapidly varying surface winds, through their influence upon the turbulent surface heat fluxes that drive this coupling, act to effectively weaken the coupling and thus partially counteract the… CONTINUE READING


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