Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2012

Keywords

Arctic, Sea ice, Seasonal forecasting, Coupled models

Publication Title

Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

ISSN

0739-0572

Volume

29

Issue/No.

6

First Page

880

Last Page

886

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

The aim of this work is to test the potential capabilities of 3D sonar technology for studying small-scale processes in the near-surface layer of the ocean, using the centerline wake of ships of opportunity as the object of study. The first tests conducted in Tampa Bay, Florida, with the 3D sonar have demonstrated the ability of this technology to observe the shape of the centerlinewake in great detail starting from centimeter scale, using air bubbles as a proxy. An advantage of the 3Dsonar technology is that it allows quantitative estimates of the ship wake geometry, which presents new opportunities for validation of hydrodynamic models of the ship wake. Three-dimensional sonar is also a potentially useful tool for studies of air-bubble dynamics and turbulence in breaking surface waves.

Comments

©2012 American Meteorological Society

Additional Comments

ONR award #: N00014-10-1-0938

ORCID ID

0000-0001-6519-1547

DOI

10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00120.1