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  Report - AS2.02 Air-Sea Interactions (General Session) (co-listed in OS)

The session has established a regular interest from the scientific community, and attracted this year about 100 people to the Oral Programme. The session was presented by 8 oral (one cancellation) and 25 poster (with seven cancellations/not showing ups) papers, with the overall ratio 25% : 75%. The session considered all aspects of air-sea interaction: physics of fluxes (momentum, energy, heat, spray, moisture and gases) and processes (wind, waves, currents, slicks, rain, etc.) responsible for these fluxes at the air-sea interface, above and below; determination of fluxes from surface, aircraft and satellite; modelling studies at all scales. The emphasis was given to the microscale air-sea interaction equally presented by theoretical and experimental work. A role of surface waves in air-sea exchanges was outlined. On the other hand the problem of wave forecasting based on different parameterizations of the energy exchange was discussed in several talks. Observations of the momentum, heat and moisture fluxes, as well as gas exchange and production of the sea spray on different scales were reported. Modelling of the air-sea interaction phenomena on regional scales was broadly covered by the session. Use of satellite products for reanalysis of the atmospheric variables was also presented.

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