Boundary Layer Dynamics by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

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Experimental Approach: The relationship between wind speed and direction for application to satellite scatterometry has largely been determined experimentally. The status of this relationship is still not satisfactory because the importance of surface layer parameters other than the wind has not been adequately determined. The limitations and accuracy of Bragg scattering and composite surface theory are still not adequately known owing to the difficulty of measuring the parameters, primarily the short-wave spectrum, on which the backscatter depends according to theory.

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1). The success of interunit collaborations will depend strongly on how well cooperating scientists from all the sites are able to define and focus their efforts on multiscale and intersecting-scale joint research projects. Formation of a new center as an organizational focus to help accomplish this integrated effort is addressed in the next section. For successful collaboration, it is imperative that effective and efficient communication be established among the different groups at NRL's three sites.

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