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Sea Spray Generation in Very High Winds
Description: Quantifying the amount and rate of sea spray production at the ocean surface is critical to understanding the effect spray has on atmospheric boundary layer processes (e.g., tropical cyclones). Currently, only limited observational data exist that can be used to validate available droplet production models. To help fill this gap, a laboratory experiment was conducted that directly observed the vertical distribution of spume droplets above actively breaking waves. The experiments were carried out in hurricane-force conditions, and the observed particles ranged in radius r from 80 to nearly 1400 μm. [Source: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences]
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Source: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Publish Date: 10/1/2016
Reading Level: Expert
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