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A note on the drag of the sea surface at hurricane winds

VK Makin

Based on the solution of the turbulent kinetic energy balance
equation for the airflow in the regime of limited saturation by
suspended sea spray droplets, some experimental evidence, and
simple arguments a resistance law of the sea surface at hurricane
winds is derived. It predicts the reduction of the drag
coefficient for the wind speed exceeding hurricane values of 30-40
m/s in agreement with field data.

Bibliografische gegevens

VK Makin. A note on the drag of the sea surface at hurricane winds
published, Bound.-Layer Meteorol., 2005, 115

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