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Sea spray aerosol production from waves breaking in the surf zone

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Author: Leeuw, G. de
Institution: TNO Fysisch en Elektronisch Laboratorium
Source:Journal of Aerosol Science, Suppl. 1, 30
Identifier: 235139
doi: doi:10.1016/S0021-8502(99)80043-3
Keywords: Bubble formation · Coastal zones · Composition · Dispersions · Particle size analysis · Radiation counters · Surface waves · Wave propagation · Bubble size distribution · Sea spray aerosol · Sea spray production · Surf zone · Wave breaking · Atmospheric aerosols


Sea spray aerosol is a product of wave breaking. A very strong source of this aerosol is the surf zone. In this sense, measurements in the surf zone can be suitable for the assessment of the contributions of the various spray production mechanisms to the total concentrations. At present, a comprehensive data set for performing such measurements is available from the EOPACE experiments on the Pier of Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, San Diego (CA), USA.