Mark A. Donelan

Mark A. Donelan

Professor Emeritus, Department of Ocean Sciences

University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Tel: 305.421.4717

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Air-sea interaction, wave dynamics, boundary layer turbulence,wave modelling, remote sensing, gas transfer, storm surge modelling, wind stress modelling.

Miyake, M., Donelan, M.A., McBean, G., Paulson, C., Badgley, F. and Leavitt: Comparison of Turbulent Fluxes over Water Determined by Profile and Eddy Correlation Techniques.  Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Vol. 96, No. 407, pp. 132-137, January, 1970.

Miyake, M., Donelan, M.A. and Mitsuta, Y., Airborne Measurement of Turbulent Fluxes.  Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 75, No. 24, pp. 4506-4518, August, 1970.

Donelan, M.A., Longuet-Higgins, M.S. and Turner, J.S., Periodicity in Whitecaps.  Nature, Vol. 239, No. 5373, pp. 449-451, October, 1972.

Donelan, M.A., and Miyake, M., Spectra and Fluxes in the Boundary Layer of the Trade Wind Zone.  Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 444-464, April, 1973.

Donelan, M.A., A Method for the Automatic Measurement of Wave Frequency.  Special Issue, Journal of the Fisheries Research Board on Physical Oceanography and Limnology, Vol. 33, No. 10, pp. 2318-2322, February 1976.

Donelan, M.A. and Motycka, J., A Miniature Drag Sphere Velocity Probe.  Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 298-304, 1978.

Hamilton, J., Hui, W.H. and Donelan, M.A., A Statistical Model for Groupiness in Wind Waves.  Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 84, No. C8, pp. 4875-4884, April, 1979.

Riley, D.S., Donelan, M.A. and Hui, W.H., An Extended Miles Theory for Wave Generation by Wind.  Boundary Layer Meteorology, Vol. 22(2), pp. 209-225, 1982.

Donelan, M.A. and Pierson, W.J., The Sampling Variability of Estimates of Spectra of Wind Generated Gravity Waves.  Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 88, No. C7, pp. 4381-4392, May, 1983.

Kitaigordoskii, S.A., Donelan, M.A., Lumley, J.L. and Terray, E.A., 1983: Wave Turbulence Interactions in the Upper Ocean.  Statistical Characteristics of Wave and Turbulent Components of the Random Velocity Field in the Marine Surface Layer.  Journal of Physical Oceanography, Vol. 13, pp. 1988-1999.

Skafel, M.G. and Donelan, M.A., Performance of the CCIW Wave Direction Buoy at ARSLOE.  IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, Vol. OE-8, No.4, pp. 221-226, 1983.

Schwab, D.J., Bennett, J.R., Liu, P.C. and Donelan, M.A., Application of a Simple Numerical Wave Prediction Model to Lake Erie.  Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 89, C3, pp. 3586-3592, 1984.

Donelan, M.A., Hamilton, J. and Hui, W.H., 1985: Directional Spectra of Wind-Generated Waves.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, A 315, pp. 509-562.

Pierson, W.J., Sylvester, W.B. and Donelan, M.A., Aspects of the Determination of Winds by Means of Scatterometry and of the Utilization of Vector Wind Data for Meteorological Forecasts.  Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 91, No. C2, pp. 2263-2272, 1986.

Bishop, C.T. and Donelan, M.A., Measuring Waves with Pressure Transducers.  Journal of Coastal Engineering, August 1986, Vol.11, pp. 309-328, 1987.

Donelan, M.A., The Effect of Swell on the Growth of Wind-Waves.  Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest, January-March, Vol. 8(1) pp. 18-23, 1987.

Donelan, M.A. and Pierson, W.J., Radar Scattering and Equilibrium Ranges in Wind-Generated Waves - With Application to Scatterometry.  Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, Vol. 92, C5, pp. 4971-5029, 1987.

Kahma, K.K. and Donelan, M.A., A Laboratory Study of the Minimum Wind Speed for Wind Wave Generation.  Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 192, pp. 339-364, 1988.

Boyce, F.M., M.A. Donelan, P.F. Hamblin, C.R. Murthy and T.J. Simons. Thermal Structure and Circulation in the Great Lakes.  Atmosphere-Ocean, 27(4) pp. 607-642, 1989.

Donelan, M.A. et al., 1990: Research needs for better wave forecasting: Lewex Panel Discussion, Moderator: M.A. Donelan.  Johns Hopkins APL Tech. Digest, 11, 3&4, pp. 414-422.

Weller R.A., M.A. Donelan, M.G. Briscoe, N.E. Huang, 1991:  Riding The Crest: A Tale of Two Wave Experiments, Bull.  Amer.  Met.  Soc., 72(2), pp. 163-183.

Donelan, M.A., F. Anctil and J.C. Doering, 1992: A simple method for calculating the velocity field beneath irregular waves, Coastal Engineering, Vol. 16, pp. 399-424.

Agrawal, Y., E.A. Terray, M.A. Donelan, P.A. Hwang, A.J. Williams III, W.M. Drennan, K.K. Kahma and S.A. Kitaigorodskii, 1992: Enhanced Dissipation of Kinetic Energy beneath Surface Waves, Nature, Vol. 359, pp. 219-220.

Bishop, C.T., M.A. Donelan, and K.K. Kahma,1992: Shore Protection Manual's Wave Prediction Reviewed,Coastal Engineering, Vol. 17, pp. 25-48.

Donelan, M.A., M.G. Skafel, H. Graber, P. Liu, D. Schwab and S. Venkatesh, 1992: On the Growth Rate of Wind-Generated Waves, Atmos. Ocean, 30(3), pp. 457-478.

Drennan, W.M., K.K. Kahma and M.A. Donelan, 1992: The Velocity Field Beneath Wind-Waves -- Observations and Inferences, Coastal Engineering, Vol. 18, pp. 111-136.

Pierson, W.J., M.A. Donelan and W.H. Hui, 1992: Linear and Nonlinear Propagation of Water Wave Groups,J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 97(C4), pp. 5607-5621.

Huang, N.E., S.R. Long, Chi-Chao Tung, M.A. Donelan, Y. Yuan and R.J. Lai, 1992:  The Local Properties of Ocean Surface Waves by the Phase-Time Method, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol.19, No.7, pp. 685-688.

Doering, J.C. and M.A. Donelan, 1992: The Joint Distribution of Heights and Periods of Shoaling Waves, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 98(C7), pp. 12543-12555.

Anctil, F., M.A. Donelan, G.Z. Forristall, K.E. Steele and Y. Oullet, 1993: Deep Water Field Evaluation of NDBC/SWADE 3-Meter Discus Directional Buoy, J. Atmos. & Oceanic Tech., Vol. 10(1), pp. 97-122.

Phillips, O.M., Daifang Gu and M.A. Donelan, 1993: Expected Structure of Extreme Waves in a Gaussian Sea.  Part I: Theory and SWADE Buoy Measurements, J. Phys.  Oceanogr., Vol. 23(5), pp. 992-1000.

Donelan, M.A., F.W. Dobson, S.D. Smith and R.J. Anderson, 1993: On the Dependence of Sea Surface Roughness on Wave Development, J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol.23(9), pp. 2143-2149.

Katsaros, K.B., M.A. Donelan and W.M. Drennan, 1993: Flux Measurements from a SWATH ship in SWADE, Journal of Marine Systems, Vol. 4, pp. 117-132.

Anctil, F., M.A. Donelan, W.M. Drennan and H.C. Graber, 1993: Eddy Correlation

Measurements of Air-Sea Fluxes from a Discus Buoy, J. Atmos. & Oceanic Tech., Vol. 11, pp. 1144-1150.

Drennan, W.M., M.A. Donelan, K.B. Katsaros, E.A. Terray and C.N. Flagg, 1993: Directional Wave Spectra from a Swath Ship at Sea.  J. Atmos. & Oceanic Tech., Vol. 11, pp. 1109-1116.

Ocampo-Torres, F.J., M.A. Donelan, N. Merzi and F. Jia, 1994: Laboratory Measurements of Mass Transfer of Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapour for Smooth and Rough Flow Conditions, Tellus, 46B, 1, pp. 16-32.

Leykin, I.A., M.A. Donelan, R.H. Mellen and D.J. McLaughlin, 1995:  Asymmetry of wind waves studied in a laboratory tank.  Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, Vol. 2(3/4), pp. 280-289.

Nghiem, S.V., F.K. Li, S.H. Lou, G. Neumann, R.E. McIntosh, S.C. Carson, J.C. Carswell, E.J. Walsh, M.A. Donelan, and W.M. Drennan, 1995: Observations on Ocean Radar Backscatter at Ku and C Bands in the Presence of Large Waves during the Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment.  IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 33(3), pp. 708-721.

Drennan, W.M., M.A. Donelan, E.A. Terray, and K.B. Katsaros, 1996: Oceanic turbulence dissipation measurements in SWADE. J. Phys. Oceanogr., Vol. 26, pp. 808-815.

Terray, E.A., M.A. Donelan, Y. Agrawal, W.M. Drennan, K.K. Kahma, A.J. Williams III, P.A. Hwang, and S.A. Kitaigorodskii, 1996: Estimates of Kinetic Energy Dissipation under Breaking Waves., J. Phys.  Oceanogr., 26, pp. 793-807.

Anctil, F., and M.A. Donelan, 1996.  Air-Water Momentum Flux Observations over Shoaling Waves, J. Phys.  Oceanogr., 26, pp. 1344-1353.

Donelan, M.A., W.M. Drennan and A.K. Magnusson, 1996.  Non-stationary analysis of the directional properties of propagating waves, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 26, pp. 1901-1914.

Hara, T., E.J. Bock and M.A. Donelan, 1996.  Frequency-Wavenumber Spectrum of Wind-Generated Gravity-Capillary Waves, J. Geophys.  Res., 102, C1, pp. 1061-1072.

Drennan, W.M., M.A. Donelan, E.A. Terray and K.B. Katsaros, 1997: On waves, oceanic turbulence and their interaction, Geophysica, 33, pp. 17-27.

Donelan, M.A., W.M. Drennan and K.B. Katsaros, 1997.  The Air-Sea Momentum Flux in Conditions of Wind Sea and Swell, J. Phys. Oceanogr., pp. 2087-2099.

Skafel, M.G. and M.A. Donelan, 1997.  Laboratory Measurements of Stress Modulation by Wave Groups, Geophysica, 33(2), pp. 9-14.

Doering, J.C. and M.A. Donelan, 1997.  Acoustic measurements of the velocity field beneath shoaling and breaking waves, Coastal Engineering, 32, pp. 321-330.

Plant, W.J., Keller, W.C., Hesany, V., Hara, T., Bock, E., Donelan, M.A., 1999: Bound Waves and Bragg Scattering in a Wind Wavetank.  Journal of Geophysical Research, 104, pp. 3243-3263.

Drennan, W.M., Graber, H.C., and Donelan, M.A., 1999:  Evidence for the effects of swell and unsteady winds on marine wind stress.  J. Phys. Oceanog., 29, pp. 1853-1864.

Magnusson, A.K., Donelan, M.A. and W.M. Drennan, 1999:  On Estimating Extremes in an Evolving Wave Field, Coastal Engineering, 36, pp. 147-163.

Donelan, M.A., Madsen, N., Kahma, K.K., Tsanis, I.K. and W.M. Drennan, 1999:  Apparatus for Surface Layer Measurements over Waves, J. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 16(9), pp. 1172-1182.

Drennan, W.M., Kahma, K.K., and Donelan, M.A., 1999.  On Momentum Flux and Velocity Spectra Over Waves, Boundary Layer Meteor., 92, pp. 489-515.

Graber, H.C., Terray, E.A., Donelan, M.A., Drennan, W.M., Van Leer, J.C. and D.B. Peters, 2000:  ASIS - A new air-sea interaction spar buoy: design and performance at sea.  J. of Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., 17:5, 708-720 .

Shankaranarayanan, K. and Donelan, M.A.: 2001, A Probabilistic Approach to Scatterometer Model Function Verification.  J. Geophys. Res. 106:C9, 19,969-19,990.

Uz,. B.M., Donelan, M.A., Hara, T., and Bock, E.J.: 2002, Laboratory studies of Wind Stress over Surface Waves.  Boundary Layer Meteorology, 102, 301-331.

Pettersson, H., Graber, H.C., Hauser, D., Quentin, C., Kahma, K.K., Drennan, W.M., and Donelan, M.A., 2003:  Directional Wave Measurements From Three Wave Sensors During the FETCH Experiment.  J. Geophys. Res., 108:C3, 8061.

Uz, B.M., Hara, T., Bock, E.J., and Donelan, M.A.: 2003, Laboratory observations of gravity-capillary waves under transient wind forcing.  J. Geophys. Res., 108, 32.

McGillis, W.R., J.B. Edson, C.J. Zappa, J.D. Ware, S.P. McKenna, E.A. Terray, J.E. Hare, C.W. Fairall, W. Drennan, M. Donelan, M.D. DeGrandpre, R. Wanninkhof, and R.A. Feely: 2004: Air-sea CO2 exchange in the equatorial Pacific.  J. Geophys. Res., 109.

Donelan, M. A. B. K. Haus, N. Reul, W. J. Plant, M. Stiassne, H. C. Graber, O. B. Brown, and E. S. Saltzman, 2004: On the limiting aerodynamic roughness of the ocean in very strong winds. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L18306, doi:10.1029/2004GL019460.

Young, I.R., M.L. Banner, M.A. Donelan, A.V. Babanin, W.K. Melville, F. Veron, and C. McCormick, C., 2005: An Integrated Study of the Wind Wave Source Term Balance in Finite Depth Water. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 22, 814-831.

Sun, J., S.P. Burns, D. Vandemark, M.A. Donelan, L. Mahrt, T.L. Crawford, T.H.C. Herbers, G.H. Crescenti, and J. R. French, 2005: Measurement of Directional Wave Spectra Using Aircraft Laser Altimeters. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 22, 869—885.

Donelan M.A., F.W. Dobson, H.C. Graber, N. Madsen, and C. McCormick, 2005: Measurement of wind waves and wave-coherent air pressures on the open sea from a moving SWATH vessel, J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 22, 896-908.

Donelan, M.A., A.V. Babanin, I.R. Young, M.L. Banner, and McCormick, C., 2005: Wave Follower Field Measurements of the Wind Input Spectral Function. Part I. Measurements and Calibrations. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 22, 799-813.

Donelan, M.A., A.V. Babanin, I.R. Young, and M.L. Banner, 2006: Wave-Follower Field Measurements of the Wind-Input Spectral Function. Part II: Parameterization of the Wind Input. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 36, 1672—1689. 

Krogstad, H.E., A.K. Magnusson, and M.A. Donelan, 2006: Wavelet and Local Directional Analysis of Ocean Waves. Int. J. Offshore and Polar Eng. 16, 97-103.

Ward, B., and M.A. Donelan, 2006: Thermometric measurements of the molecular sublayer at the air-water interface. Geophys. Res. Lett. 33 (7), Art. No. L07605 .

Suzuki, N., M. A. Donelan, and W. J. Plant, 2007: On the sub-grid-scale variability of oceanic winds and the accuracy of numerical weather prediction models as deduced from QuikSCAT backscatter distributions, J. Geophys. Res., 112, C04005, doi:10.1029/2005JC003437.

Soloviev, A., M. Donelan, H. Graber, B. Haus, and P. Schlussel, 2007: An approach to estimation of near-surface turbulence and CO2 transfer velocity from remote sensing data, J. Mar. Systems, 66, 182-194.

Chen, S.S., J.F. Price, W. Zhao, M.A. Donelan, and E.J. Walsh, 2007: The CBLAST-Hurricane Program and the Next-Generation Fully Coupled Atmosphere-Wave-Ocean Models for Hurricane Research and Prediction, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 88, 3, 311-374.

Babanin, A.V., M.L. Banner, I.R. Young, and M.A. Donelan, 2007: Wave-Follower Field Measurements of the Wind-Input Spectral Function. Part III: Parameterization of the Wind-Input Enhancement due to Wave Breaking. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 37, 2764-2775.

Mellor, G.L., M.A. Donelan, and L-Y. Oey, 2008: A Surface Wave Model for Coupling with Numerical Ocean Circulation Models, J. Atmos. & Ocean. Tech., 25, 1785-1807. 

Donelan, M. A., and W. J. Plant (2009), A threshold for wind-wave growth, J. Geophys.Res., 114, C07012, doi:10.1029/2008JC005238.

Garcia-Nava, H., F. J. Ocampo-Torres, P. Osuna, and M. A. Donelan (2009), Wind stress in the presence of swell under moderate to strong wind conditions., J. Geophys. Res., 114, C12008, doi:10.1029/2009JC005389.

Donelan, M. A., B.K. Haus, W. J. Plant, and O. Troianowski (2010), Modulation of short wind waves by long waves, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C10003, doi:10.1029/2009JC005794.

Haus, B. K., D. Jeong,  M. A. Donelan, J. A. Zhang and I. Savelyev, 2010, “The      relative rates of sea-air heat transfer and frictional drag in very high winds”,      Geophys.  Res. Lett., 37, L07802, doi:10.1029/2009GL042206.

Savelyev, I. B., B. K. Haus and M. A. Donelan, 2011: “Experimental Study on Wind-Wave Momentum Flux in Strongly Forced Conditions”. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 41, 1328-1344.

Toffoli, A., A. V. Babanin, M. A. Donelan, B. K. Haus and D. Jeong, 2011. “Estimating sea spray volume with a laser altimeter”, J. of Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., 28, 1177-1183.

Jeong, D., B. K. Haus and M. A. Donelan, 2012. Enthalpy Transfer across the Air-Water Interface in High Winds Including Spray, J. Atmos. Sci. (in press).

Donelan, M. A., M. Curcic, S. S. Chen and A. K. Magnusson, 2012. Modeling Waves and Wind Stress, J. Geophys. Res. (in press).

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