Yanzhou Wei (SOA, CHN)
Sarah Gille (SCRIPPS, USA)
Matthew Mazloff (Scripps, USA)
Louise Newman (UTAS, AUS)
Dake Chen (SOA, CHN)
This Task Team aims to identify what are the modes of air-sea momentum and buoyancy fluxes in the Southern Ocean, and how best to observe them?
The Big Ring has been proposed, which consists of a widely spaced array of moorings. These offer the prospect of giving ground truth to estimates of air-sea fluxes. Where should these be deployed to best constrain these fluxes? (There is also the SOTS mooring (Australian), Southern Ocean OOI mooring (US), and a proposed Brazilian SOOS Flux Buoy. This work is aimed at SOOS coordinating and organizing these efforts, along with other flux measurement efforts.)
A paper documenting a method for constructing a mooring array for constraining buoyancy and momentum air-sea fluxes in the Southern Ocean. This will address the benefit of mooring deployment in a location with respect to reducing overall uncertainty, shed light on climate modes and spatial correlation of air-sea exchanges and will provide an in depth look at the statistics of at least one flux product. This project will contribute to SOOS Capability Working Groups Observing System Design and addresses questions raised by SOFLUX.