Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 381–389 | Cite as

Wind profile development above a locally adjusted sea surface

  • P. A. Taylor


Results are presented from a ‘numerical experiment’ of wind and shear stress profile development away from a shore line; the water surface is assumed to obey the Charnock-Ellison relation between surface roughness and friction velocity. In typical cases the upwind, land surface is rough relative to the sea and the velocity and shear stress results are qualitatively similar to those for flows from relatively rough to relatively smooth solid surfaces. In the present case, however, the downwind surface roughness and friction velocity vary with position and we find that wind profile development may play a significant role in the relationship between sea surface roughness and fetch.


Shear Stress Water Surface Surface Roughness Significant Role Numerical Experiment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of OceanographyUniversity of SouthamptonEngland

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