Wind Stress Dependence on Ocean Surface Velocity : Implications for Mechanical Energy Input to Ocean Circulation

  title={Wind Stress Dependence on Ocean Surface Velocity : Implications for Mechanical Energy Input to Ocean Circulation},
  author={THOMAS and H. A. and DUHAUT and DAVID and N. and STRAUB},
  • THOMAS, A. H., +3 authors STRAUB
  • Published 2006
It is pointed out that accounting for an ocean surface velocity dependence in the wind stress can lead to a significant reduction in the rate at which winds input mechanical energy to the geostrophic circulation. Specifically, the wind stress is taken to be a quadratic function of Ua uo, where Ua and uo are the 10-m wind and ocean surface velocity, respectively. Because |Ua| is typically large relative to |uo|, accounting for a uo dependence leads only to relatively small changes in . The… CONTINUE READING
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