Comprehensive model relating the Marine aerosol population of the atmospheric boundary layer to the bubble population of the oceanic mixed layer

E. C. Monahan, D. K. Woolf

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    The series of sea surface aerosol generation models beginning with that of Monahan, et al., which relate the flux of spray droplets up from the interface to the fractinal whitecap coverage, have been used successfully by, for example, Burk and Stramska, to predict the aerosol population of the MABL. Combining these models with the insights into parent bubble-daughter jet droplet relationships found in Blanchard, it has been possible to infer, again in terms of fractional whitecap coverage, the associated bubble flux up to the sea surface. This bubble flux model, when taken together with the information on effective bubble rise velocities provided by Thorpe, leads to estimates of mixed layer buble populations, estimates which are in first order agreement with the limited collection of bubble populations reported for comparable sea states.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDrops and bubbles
    Subtitle of host publicationthird international colloquium
    EditorsTaylor G. Wang
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)0883183927
    Publication statusPublished - 1989

    Publication series

    NameAIP conference proceedings
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
    ISSN (Print)0094-243X
    ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

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