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On the Effect of Ocean Waves on the Kinetic Energy Balance and Consequences for the Inertial Dissipation Technique

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Abstract

For large wind speed (in practice >15 m s−1) observations of the surface stress by means of the inertial dissipation technique are so close to the surface that effects of growing ocean waves on the turbulent kinetic energy budget should be taken into account. This may give rise to an increase in the surface stress of 20%.

Corresponding author address: Dr. Peter A. E. M. Janssen, ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9AX, United Kingdom.

Email: p.janssen@ecmwf.int

Abstract

For large wind speed (in practice >15 m s−1) observations of the surface stress by means of the inertial dissipation technique are so close to the surface that effects of growing ocean waves on the turbulent kinetic energy budget should be taken into account. This may give rise to an increase in the surface stress of 20%.

Corresponding author address: Dr. Peter A. E. M. Janssen, ECMWF, Shinfield Park, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9AX, United Kingdom.

Email: p.janssen@ecmwf.int

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