MSE Research Project Database

Coupling Tropical Cyclone and Climate Physics with Ocean Waves

Project Leader: Alexander Babanin
Staff: Alexander Babanin, Ian Young
Collaborators: Kevin Walsh (Earth Sciences), Paul Sandery (Australian Bureau of Meteorology) Mark Hemer (CSIRO) Fanglo Qiao (First Institute of Oceanography, China) Isaac Ginis (University of Rhode Island, USA)
Primary Contact: Alexander Babanin (
Keywords: maritime engineering
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering
Domains: Optimisation of resources and infrastructure

The project introduces explicit coupling of large-scale atmospheric and oceanic phenomena with the physics of surface waves. It is argued that without accounting for the wave effects directly, the physics of large-scale air-sea interactions is inaccurate and incomplete, this includes tropical cyclones and climate. The new physics describes feedback of the ocean mixing by waves on hurricane intensity, the most elusive of the hurricane forecast properties, and is further applied to studies of climate phenomena.