Short term predictions of oceanic drift
Short term predictions of oceanic drift are important in time critical operations, for example for oil spill mitigation and search-and-rescue support. The transient upper ocean response to atmospheric forcing needs to be correctly modeled, and the role of wave-mean flow interactions are particularly important. Since many objects of interest are in the wave zone, a better understanding of the details of the dynamics at the air-sea interface is needed. A clear separation of the forcing on such objects due to wind, waves and ocean currents is needed in drift models, both to reduce the dependence on empirical formulae and to make better use of drift data collected in field experiments.