|The contributions of sea spray drops to the total
air-sea exchanges of momentum, heat, and mass remain
an open question. A number of factors obscure any
simple quantification of their contribution. The
per-drop contribution to the fluxes is a particularly
important factor, as is the number of formed drops.
To estimate the per-droplet fluxes, we converge
upon the low order statistics from a large number
of drop trajectories, which are simulated with a
recent Lagrangian Stochastic model adapted for heavy
drops within the marine boundary layer. The results
from simulations of sea spray drops over the ocean,suggest
that common simplifications in previous sea spray
models, such as the residence time in the marine
boundary layer, may not be appropriate.
Below is an estimate of the re-entry temperatuer
of 1000s of sea spray particules after they ahve
been ejected from the surface, have flown through
the lower atmospheric boundary layer over the ocean's
wavy surface, and re-enter the ocean.