what do we not know about the sea-surface wind stress

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  • 1 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.
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A simple sampling experiment gives a several octave range of values for the zonal surface stress obtainable from synoptic maps over the North Atlantic. Uncertainty about the value of the drag coefficient account for about half the variance. The different methods that have been used to specify this quantity are reviewed and an attempt is made to state explicitly the assumptions involved in each case.

1 Review talk presented at I.U.G.G. meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, 29 September 1967.

A simple sampling experiment gives a several octave range of values for the zonal surface stress obtainable from synoptic maps over the North Atlantic. Uncertainty about the value of the drag coefficient account for about half the variance. The different methods that have been used to specify this quantity are reviewed and an attempt is made to state explicitly the assumptions involved in each case.

1 Review talk presented at I.U.G.G. meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, 29 September 1967.

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