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Air-Sea Interaction and Boundary Layer Processes in Turbulent Environments

Location

Earth System Research Laboratory, Physical Sciences Division

RO# Location
26.05.02.B0590 Boulder, CO 80305

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Cione, Joseph J joe.cione@noaa.gov 303.497.8955
Fairall, Christopher Warren chris.fairall@noaa.gov 303.497.3253
Zhang, Jun A jun.zhang@noaa.gov 305.361.4557

Description

Understanding atmospheric turbulence and its connection to the surface energy exchange is critical to furthering predictive capabilities. Innovative new tools, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and surface-based remote sensors, are providing revolutionary perspectives on processes of interest. These tools can be used to study a variety of topics, including boundary-layer (mixing) depth, surface fluxes, entrainment, structure functions, variances, and diffusion coefficients, across a variety of meteorological and latitudinal regimes over both terrestrial and oceanic surfaces. Such studies may include using a variety of observations to improve existing models of drag, heat, and moisture coefficients; sea spray; sea ice; and coupling of surface fluxes to waves and ocean processes, Generally, research opportunities exist in the areas of (1) analysis of measurements collected using various observational capabilities to develop understanding of lower atmospheric and upper oceanic processes and surface-atmosphere exchange, (2) evaluation and development of modeling tools using these measurements, and (3) development and field deployment of new observational capabilities, including UAS and associated sensors.

 

References

Cione JJ, Kalina E, Uhlhorn E, Damiano A: 2016: Coyote Unmanned Aircraft System Observations in Hurricane Edouard. Earth and Space Science 2014, doi:10.1002/2016EA000187

Fairall CW, Pezoa S, Moran K, Wolfe D: An observation of sea spray microphysics by airborne Doppler radar. Geophysical Research Letters 41: 2014. doi:10.1002/2014GL06.0062

de Boer G, Ivey MD, Schmid B, McFarlane S, Petty R: Unmanned platforms monitor the Arctic atmosphere. EOS 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO046441

 

Keywords:
Boundary layer; Tropical cyclones; Surface layer; Fluxes; Turbulence; Arctic; Thermodynamics; Unmanned aircraft;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$60,000.00 $2,000.00
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