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A parabolic model of drag coefficient for storm surge simulation in the South China Sea
Peng, S.; Li, Y. (2015). A parabolic model of drag coefficient for storm surge simulation in the South China Sea. NPG Scientific Reports 5(15496): 6 pp. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/srep15496
In: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2045-2322, more
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    Marine

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  • Peng, S.
  • Li, Y.

Abstract
    Drag coefficient (Cd) is an essential metric in the calculation of momentum exchange over the air-sea interface and thus has large impacts on the simulation or forecast of the upper ocean state associated with sea surface winds such as storm surges. Generally, Cd is a function of wind speed. However, the exact relationship between Cd and wind speed is still in dispute, and the widely-used formula that is a linear function of wind speed in an ocean model could lead to large bias at high wind speed. Here we establish a parabolic model of Cd based on storm surge observations and simulation in the South China Sea (SCS) through a number of tropical cyclone cases. Simulation of storm surges for independent Tropical cyclones (TCs) cases indicates that the new parabolic model of Cd outperforms traditional linear models.

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