Air-Sea Interaction

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The study of air-sea interactions is focused on how the atmosphere and ocean affect each other through the exchange of heat, momentum, and water across the air-sea interface.  In general, the atmosphere receives heat from the ocean, thus affecting the atmospheric circulation and surface winds, which in turn generate ocean currents and the large scale ocean circulation.  The spatial range of interactions spans from local heat fluxes to surface wave generation, formation of hurricanes, Arctic sea ice melt, and the nearly global scale of El Nino. Understanding how this tightly coupled system works is critical to our understanding of climate and how it might change in the future.

Air-Sea Interaction Faculty

Scott Glenn

Jim Miller