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B. New Insights into the Dynamics of Breaking Waves

Narrator: This is Science Today. Using high tech imagery, researchers have discovered new insights into the dynamics of breaking waves. Ken Melville of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, explains.

Melville: It's probably not well understood that breaking surface waves play an important role in the interaction between the atmosphere and the ocean; in the generation of ocean currents; in the transfer of gases between the atmosphere and the ocean via bubbles. And the interaction between the atmosphere and ocean will lead to improved models of ocean waves, ocean currents, storms, hurricanes and in general, weather and climate.

Narrator: Researchers will use aircraft with high-tech instrumentation to study the characteristics of hurricanes.

Melville: At this stage, this is being done as an experimental program, but we expect in the future these sorts of measurements will be transitioned into the standard tools that are used by the hurricane prediction center to predict the strength and tracks of hurricanes.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.