What is Sea Fog?

What is Sea Fog?

Sea fog is a type of fog that occurs within the atmospheric boundary layer and is directly influenced by an ocean surface. Most sea fog events occur near coastal regions, but not all types of sea fog are influenced by continental-land interactions.

The lowest section of the atmosphere that has direct contact with the ocean surface is called the marine boundary layer. The marine boundary layer has immense amounts of heat, moisture, and momentum transportation occurring via turbulent transport directly above the ocean surface.

 Why should we care about Sea Fog?

Sea fog or any other type of fog that hinders visibility to less than one kilometer is considered a meteorological hazard for traffic systems. Sea fog can affect sea ships navigation due to low visibility and it can stop ships from moving along the ships channel as it did in Houston on March 1, 2012. Sea fog can also be advected and affect inland traffic systems. Future forecasts of sea fog are important for reporting detailed information to traffic system personal and the users of each system.