All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 150 28 2
PDF Downloads 64 23 1

Field Calibration of Mixed-Layer Drifters

W. Rockwell GeyerDepartment of Ocean Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Search for other papers by W. Rockwell Geyer in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Restricted access

Abstract

A set of field experiments was conducted to determine the water-following characteristics of mixed-layer drifters with “holey-sock” drogues. Through the use of a drifting current meter array, direct estimates of slip velocity (or the difference between the velocity of the drifter and that of the water surrounding the drogue) were obtained with precision of better than ± 1 cm s−1. The range of slip velocities was 1 to 4 cm s−1, with the orientation of the slip principally in the downwind direction. The results are consistent with a simple model for slip induced by a wind-drift current, assuming a static balance of drag forces.

Abstract

A set of field experiments was conducted to determine the water-following characteristics of mixed-layer drifters with “holey-sock” drogues. Through the use of a drifting current meter array, direct estimates of slip velocity (or the difference between the velocity of the drifter and that of the water surrounding the drogue) were obtained with precision of better than ± 1 cm s−1. The range of slip velocities was 1 to 4 cm s−1, with the orientation of the slip principally in the downwind direction. The results are consistent with a simple model for slip induced by a wind-drift current, assuming a static balance of drag forces.

Save