Journal article

Prediction of the drag law for air-sea momentum exchange

JAT Bye, JO Wolff

OCEAN DYNAMICS | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2004

Abstract

In this paper, we use the inertial coupling relation as a similarity model for the air-sea boundary layer, to predict the 10-m drag coefficient. Excellent agreement with the commonly used statistical relationship of Garratt (1992) is found for a fully developed growing wind wave sea with a constant inertial drag coefficient, KI = 1.5 × 10-3. This suggests that the inertial coupling model can be used to realistically predict the 10 m drag coefficient under more general wind wave conditions.

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