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On the Linear Parameterization of Drag Coefficient over Sea Surface

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  • 1 Physical Oceanography Laboratory, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, and Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • | 2 Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Abstract

Combining the logarithmic law with the Charnock relation yields a drag coefficient that is a function of wind speed with the Charnock coefficient as a parameter. It is found that the function is nearly linear within the typically measured range of the drag coefficient. The slope of the linear function is dominated by the Charnock coefficient. When the Charnock relation is extended to a wave age–dependent function, the drag coefficient remains a near-linear function of wind speed after invoking the 3/2 power law. The slope of the linear function is dominated by wave steepness.

Corresponding author address: Prof. Lian Xie, NCSU/MEAS, Box 8208, Raleigh, NC 27695-8208. Email: lian_xie@ncsu.edu

Abstract

Combining the logarithmic law with the Charnock relation yields a drag coefficient that is a function of wind speed with the Charnock coefficient as a parameter. It is found that the function is nearly linear within the typically measured range of the drag coefficient. The slope of the linear function is dominated by the Charnock coefficient. When the Charnock relation is extended to a wave age–dependent function, the drag coefficient remains a near-linear function of wind speed after invoking the 3/2 power law. The slope of the linear function is dominated by wave steepness.

Corresponding author address: Prof. Lian Xie, NCSU/MEAS, Box 8208, Raleigh, NC 27695-8208. Email: lian_xie@ncsu.edu

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