Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 106, Issue 3, pp 593–600 | Cite as

A Note on a Parameterization of the Sea Drag

  • V. K. Makin


A new parameterization of the sea drag is based on a wind-over-wavescoupling theory. The parameterization accounts for the wind speed, wave ageand finite depth dependencies of the sea drag. The latter two are introducedthrough the integral parameters of the wind-wave field: the dominant waveheight and the wavenumber at the spectral peak, and the water depth. Theparameterization is checked against the wind-over-waves model results andtwo field datasets obtained in a wide range of the wind speed and wave age.The comparison is encouraging. The parameterization is aimed for use inoperational ocean-state and atmosphere models.

Air–sea interaction Parameterization Sea drag Wind-over-waves coupling Wind waves 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. K. Makin
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)De BiltThe Netherlands

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