Physical Oceanography

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 495–508 | Cite as

Evaluation of the influence of surface films on short wind waves and the characteristics of the boundary layer of the atmosphere

  • S. A. Grodsky
  • V. N. Kudryavtsev
  • V. K. Makin
Thermohydrodynamics of the Ocean


With the help of a combined model of wind and waves, we study the influence of films of surfactants on the spectrum of short wind waves and the parameters of the lowest layer of the atmosphere. It is shown that the films of surfactants decrease the roughness of the sea surface as a result of suppression of short wind waves, which decreases the coefficient of resistance of the sea surface and the coefficient of turbulent heat exchange. The maximum influence of films on the exchange coefficients is attained forU∼10 m/s. In this case, the relative decrements of the coefficients of resistance and turbulent heat exchange are equal to 15 and 9%, respectively.


Surfactant Gravitational Wave Viscous Dissipation Wind Wave Clean Surface 
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  • S. A. Grodsky
  • V. N. Kudryavtsev
  • V. K. Makin

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