Do our ocean models represent this reality ?
You may ask ... "Well does it matter
? Why should a computer model represent every feature of the real
world ? We are not doing virtual reality, are we ?" (see this
Sure ... but are we serious about
forecasting air-sea fluxes, surface drift, ocean waves ? For this,
a little more realism would help.
link to : FORUM: wave - circulation coupling today and tomorrow
Last update: 31 January 2005. Contact: Fabrice Ardhuin
Participants helped define how observations, wave research and operational forecasting can be combined with the emerging operational oceanography to provide relevant services for end-users, based on theory for wave-current interaction processes including hydrodynamic modulation, turbulent profiles and air-sea fluxes. Waves are the driving force of littoral zone dynamics, responsible for coastal erosion and flooding, and on a larger scale waves determine the still poorly known air-sea exchanges (of momentum, heat, CO2 ...), a challenge for understanding global change and climate dynamics. This workshop was also supported by CNRS and Ifremer.
program and list of participants (PDF)
SUMMARY (PDF) published Annales Hydrographiques N° 772, 2004, with the proceedings
short SUMMARY (PDF) as published in Eos (2005)