People Directory : Carol Anne Clayson
WHOI Mailing Address:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, The University of Colorado, 1995
M.S., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, The University of Colorado, 1990
B.S., Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, 1988
My research specifically covers the areas of high-resolution air-sea interaction, satellite remote sensing, and ocean modeling. There is a need for high resolution, accurate surface turbulent fluxes (heat, water vapor, momentum) over the global ocean. Specific applications of such a dataset, together with a comparable surface radiation flux and precipitation datasets, would include:
- Constraining the budget and mean transports of heat and fresh water in the global ocean
- Diagnosing regional and time variations of the coupled atmosphere-ocean system
- Evaluating the surface fluxes in coupled atmosphere-ocean models and weather forecasting models
- Providing surface forcing for ocean models
Major efforts are presently underway to produce comparable datasets for the surface radiation, and now there is a parallel effort to evaluate the different techniques for determining the surface turbulent fluxes. The research data examines integral constraints including: global heat/water balance, meridional heat and freshwater transports, and heat/water balance in enclosed seas. My research has received funding from NASA, NOAA, the Office of Naval Research, and NSF.