Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Walter Munk, Ph.D

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

How Can We Learn About Short Surface Waves
from Measurements on the Deep-Sea Floor?

This photograph was taken by William van Arx off Woods Hole dock nearly fifty years ago, and reproduced in Munk (1955). I estimate that the distance across is something like two meters

Wednesday — November 4, 2009
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

William Farrell and I have been interpreting pressure and velocity measurements at Station H20 at 5 km depth in the mid-Pacific. The measurements give some new information about short gravity waves (> 1 m) and capillaries. Additional information comes from satellite images of sun glitter. These short waves are responsible for much of the wind drag on the sea surface.


Next: December 9 — Farooq Azam, PhD - Distinguished Lecturer