Articles | Volume 16, issue 21
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-13725-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-13725-2016
Research article
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07 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 07 Nov 2016

Parameterization of oceanic whitecap fraction based on satellite observations

Monique F. M. A. Albert, Magdalena D. Anguelova, Astrid M. M. Manders, Martijn Schaap, and Gerrit de Leeuw

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Sea spray source functions (SSSFs) predict production of sea salt aerosol, important for climate. Sea spray originates from bubble bursting within whitecaps, mainly formed by wind speed (U). Using satellite-based whitecap fraction (W) data analyzed on global and regional scale and explicitly accounting for sea surface temperature (T) we derive a new W(U, T) parameterization. We use it to evaluate influence of secondary factors on a SSSF via W.
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