This book fills a gap in knowledge of breaking waves and their influence on the generation of marine fluxes from ocean surfaces. Based on published data as well as on the author's experience, the text explores in detail the relationship chain of breaking waves, whitecaps coverage, rate of wave energy dissipation, amount of aerosol fluxes rising from a given sea basin, and possible seasonal variations.
Basic processes near the air-sea interface.- Mechanics of steep and breaking waves.- Spectral and statistical properties of ocean waves.- Experimental insights into mechanisms of wave breaking.- Wave breaking criteria and probability of breaking.- Energy dissipation due to wave breaking.- Whitecap coverage of the sea surface.- Fundamentals of marine aerosols.- Marine aerosol fluxes.- Aerosol flux as a function of sea state parameters.- Seasonal dependence of aerosol fluxes in the Baltic Sea.
From the reviews:
"Massel's new book describes how to model wave breaking and continues on to show how to use breaking wave models to estimate the production rate of the sea-salt aerosol at the ocean's surface. ... I like the production quality of this book. It has a comfortable size, pleasing font style and size, and sufficient white space to make for easy reading or scanning. The many figures are uniformly styled and formatted ... . valuable reference text for researchers studying air-sea interaction and marine aerosols." (Edgar L Andreas, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, March, 2009)
Über den Autor
Stanislaw Massel is currently a professor and the Director of the Institute of Oceanology in Sopot Poland.
Introduction.- Mechanics of Steep and Breaking Waves.- Statistical Properties of Ocean Waves.- Experimental insights into Mechanisms of Wave Breaking.- Wave Beraking Criteria and Probability of Breaking.- Energy Dissipation Due to Wave Breaking in Deep Waters.- Whitecaps Coverage on the Sea Surface.- Estimation of Aerosol Fluxes in Deep Water.- Seasonal Variation of Aerosol Fluxes in the Baltic Sea.- Appendices.
Bridges the gap between generalized texts and specialized texts on oceanography
First ocean wave title to specifically focus on wave breaking phenomenon
Can be used as a textbook for graduate students, Ph.D students and postdoctoral students due to its basic and educational character