CBLAST: Hurricane research with altimetry
Scripps Institution of Oceanography investigators have been using the CCAR near real-time altimetry to monitor ocean circulation features during deployment of CBLAST floats during the recent hurricane season. CBLAST floats are used to study the upper ocean mixed layer. The primary goal is to improve our understanding of air-sea surface flux processes in high winds, specifically in the complex conditions of tropical hurricanes where swell, sea spray and secondary boundary layer circulations play a role. The ultimate goal and prime motivation for this work is to parameterize these new observations and improve the accuracy of hurricane intensity prediction.