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INTRODUCTION

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Part of the Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 31)

Abstract

The top 2-3 m of the ocean has the same heat capacity as the entire atmosphere above. Of the penetrating solar radiation, 50% is absorbed within the first 0.5 m of the ocean. Of the breaking surface wave kinetic energy, 50% dissipates within 20% of the significant wave height from the surface. These facts highlight the special role of the near-surface layer of the ocean in the ocean-atmosphere system.

Keywords

Turbulent Kinetic Energy Vortex Ring Planetary Boundary Layer Mixed Layer Depth Solar Zenith Angle 
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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oceanographic CenterNOVA Southeastern UniversityDania BeachU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of OceanographyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluU.S.A.

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