Ocean's response to Hurricane Frances and its implications for drag coefficient parameterization at high wind speeds

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/599029
Title:
Ocean's response to Hurricane Frances and its implications for drag coefficient parameterization at high wind speeds
Authors:
Zedler, S. E.; Niiler, P. P.; Stammer, D.; Terrill, E.; Morzel, J.
Abstract:
The drag coefficient parameterization of wind stress is investigated for tropical storm conditions using model sensitivity studies. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Ocean General Circulation Model was run in a regional setting with realistic stratification and forcing fields representing Hurricane Frances, which in early September 2004 passed east of the Caribbean Leeward Island chain. The model was forced with a NOAA-HWIND wind speed product after converting it to wind stress using four different drag coefficient parameterizations. Respective model results were tested against in situ measurements of temperature profiles and velocity, available from an array of 22 surface drifters and 12 subsurface floats. Changing the drag coefficient parameterization from one that saturated at a value of 2.3 × 10 -3 to a constant drag coefficient of 1.2 × 10-3 reduced the standard deviation difference between the simulated minus the measured sea surface temperature change from 0.8°C to 0.3°C. Additionally, the standard deviation in the difference between simulated minus measured high pass filtered 15-m current speed reduced from 15 cm/s to 5 cm/s. The maximum difference in sea surface temperature response when two different turbulent mixing parameterizations were implemented was 0.3°C, i.e., only 11% of the maximum change of sea surface temperature caused by the storm. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Citation:
Zedler SE, Niiler PP, Stammer D, Terrill E, Morzel J (2009) Ocean’s response to Hurricane Frances and its implications for drag coefficient parameterization at high wind speeds. Journal of Geophysical Research 114. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008jc005205.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of Geophysical Research
KAUST Grant Number:
KUS-C1-016-04
Issue Date:
25-Apr-2009
DOI:
10.1029/2008jc005205
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0148-0227
Sponsors:
This work was supported by ONR (NOPP)grant N00014-99-1-1049 and NASA grant NAG5-7857. This publication isalso partially based on work supported by award KUS-C1-016-04 made byKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). TomSanford generously provided access to temperature profile data from threeEMAPEX profiling floats. Jim Price graciously provided us with thehurricane wind-forcing field and the three-dimensional PWP code that heused in simulations of the ocean’s response to Hurricane Frances. Inaddition, we thank the researchers and data analysts who were involvedin the coupled boundary layer air-sea transfer experiment, including themembers of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron who participatedin airborne deployment of the instrument array supported by the Office ofNaval Research. We thank Shirley Murillo at the Atlantic Oceanographicand Meteorological Laboratory for her assistance in decoding data sourceson the NOAA H*Winds website. The advice from two anonymousreviewers greatly strengthened this paper.
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dc.contributor.authorZedler, S. E.en
dc.contributor.authorNiiler, P. P.en
dc.contributor.authorStammer, D.en
dc.contributor.authorTerrill, E.en
dc.contributor.authorMorzel, J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T13:51:30Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T13:51:30Zen
dc.date.issued2009-04-25en
dc.identifier.citationZedler SE, Niiler PP, Stammer D, Terrill E, Morzel J (2009) Ocean’s response to Hurricane Frances and its implications for drag coefficient parameterization at high wind speeds. Journal of Geophysical Research 114. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008jc005205.en
dc.identifier.issn0148-0227en
dc.identifier.doi10.1029/2008jc005205en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/599029en
dc.description.abstractThe drag coefficient parameterization of wind stress is investigated for tropical storm conditions using model sensitivity studies. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Ocean General Circulation Model was run in a regional setting with realistic stratification and forcing fields representing Hurricane Frances, which in early September 2004 passed east of the Caribbean Leeward Island chain. The model was forced with a NOAA-HWIND wind speed product after converting it to wind stress using four different drag coefficient parameterizations. Respective model results were tested against in situ measurements of temperature profiles and velocity, available from an array of 22 surface drifters and 12 subsurface floats. Changing the drag coefficient parameterization from one that saturated at a value of 2.3 × 10 -3 to a constant drag coefficient of 1.2 × 10-3 reduced the standard deviation difference between the simulated minus the measured sea surface temperature change from 0.8°C to 0.3°C. Additionally, the standard deviation in the difference between simulated minus measured high pass filtered 15-m current speed reduced from 15 cm/s to 5 cm/s. The maximum difference in sea surface temperature response when two different turbulent mixing parameterizations were implemented was 0.3°C, i.e., only 11% of the maximum change of sea surface temperature caused by the storm. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by ONR (NOPP)grant N00014-99-1-1049 and NASA grant NAG5-7857. This publication isalso partially based on work supported by award KUS-C1-016-04 made byKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). TomSanford generously provided access to temperature profile data from threeEMAPEX profiling floats. Jim Price graciously provided us with thehurricane wind-forcing field and the three-dimensional PWP code that heused in simulations of the ocean’s response to Hurricane Frances. Inaddition, we thank the researchers and data analysts who were involvedin the coupled boundary layer air-sea transfer experiment, including themembers of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron who participatedin airborne deployment of the instrument array supported by the Office ofNaval Research. We thank Shirley Murillo at the Atlantic Oceanographicand Meteorological Laboratory for her assistance in decoding data sourceson the NOAA H*Winds website. The advice from two anonymousreviewers greatly strengthened this paper.en
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.titleOcean's response to Hurricane Frances and its implications for drag coefficient parameterization at high wind speedsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Geophysical Researchen
dc.contributor.institutionScripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA 92093, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institution513 Blocker Building, College Station, TX 77843-3143, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversitaet Hamburg, D-20146 Hamburg, Germanyen
dc.contributor.institutionRosetta Consulting, Boulder, CO 80304, United Statesen
kaust.grant.numberKUS-C1-016-04en
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