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CODE :: Coastal Dynamics Experiment, 1981-1982
This NSF experiment was the study of wind-driven coastal upwelling off of northern California. The NCAR Queenair aircraft mapped the vertical and horizontal structure between Bodega Bay and Pt. Arena. A major result was the study of the low-level jet (up to 32 ms^{-1}), which was shown to result from the thermal wind above the marine-layer inversion and turbulent stress divergence below (Zemba and Friehe, 1982). The horizontal aircraft maps at 30 m altitude revealed the existence of two forms of hydraulic control of the marine layer: an expansion fan around Pt. Arena and a hydraulic jump at Stewart's Point (Winant, et al., 1985).
 
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FASINEX :: Frontal Air-Sea Interaction Experiment
This ONR experiment was the study of air-sea interaction around the sea-surface temperature front in the Sargasso Sea. A Naval Research Laboratory RP3A aircraft was instrumented for turbulence and meteorological measurements and flew in conjunction with the NCAR Electra. The two-aircraft formation showed the significant effects of the temperature front on the air-sea fluxes (Friehe, et al., 1991).
 
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Land Surface-Layer Turbulence, NSF
Measurements of the wind, temperature and humidity profiles were measured over an open field in Wyoming during fall to maximize the probability of neutral conditions. The controversial von Karman constant in the flux-profile relation was found to decrease slightly with Revnolds number. A data set was obtained as a sudden snow storm dramtically lowered the roughness of the surface, and the von Karman constant decreased significantly (Oncley, et al., 1995).
 
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SMILE :: Shelf Mixed Layer Experiment
This NSF experiment was a continuation of coastal circulation off of Northern California during winter with the NCAR Kingair aircraft. Surface flux measurements under up-coast and downcoast winds showed upwelling-favorable stresses exist in both situations due to the opposite cross-coast variation of the stresses.
 
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CARMAI :: (Summer 2002)
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University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA 92697-3975 USA
Carl A. Friehe
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