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Wind stress

Other Names

U,V flux, ocean momentum flux


The drag or tangential force per unit area exerted upon the earth's surface by moving air in the surface boundary layer.
Force on the ocean (per unit area) associated with the momentum that is exchanged between the ocean and the atmosphere.


(1) Physical oceanography (4) Meteorology
(2) Ocean circulation (5) Atmospheric circulation
(3) Air-sea gas exchange

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Last updated: Oct 13, 2009 01:32 PM ET