Momentum Flux (Wind Stress) refers to the transfer of energy from the wind physically pushing against the water as it blows over the ocean surface. This phenomenon is also referred to as shear stress exerted by the wind onto the ocean and can be seen manifested as ripples in the water as wind blows across the surface. The flux refers to the vertical transfer of the horizontal momentum of the wind to the ocean surface.

Instrument Classes

The following instrument classes include this data product:

Typical Units


Sampling Regime

Air-Sea Interface

Data Product Specification