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Eddy mixing in planetary boundary layer and free atmosphere
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Paper Abstract

The results obtained from both atmospheric and laboratory experiment and from LES data show that, in the stably stratified flows of the atmospheric boundary layer, turbulent mixing occurs at gradient Richardson number that significantly exceed one: the inverse turbulent Prandtl number decreases with an increase in the thermal stability. The decreasing trend of the inverse turbulent Prandtl number is reproduced in a stably stratified planetary boundary layer in agreement with measurement data with aid of the high closure RANS turbulence scheme, which takes into account the influence of internal gravity waves on the eddy mixing of momentum and heat. Applicability of such RANS turbulence approach for the estimate of eddy diffusivities of momentum and heat in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere also examined. It is concluded that the high closure RANS turbulence scheme shows the good agreement with the direct measurement data of eddy diffusivities for momentum and heat in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere during clear-air conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9292, 20th International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics, 92920R (25 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2074825
Show Author Affiliations
A. Kurbatskiy, Christianovich Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (Russian Federation)
Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics (Russian Federation)
L. Kurbatskaya, Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9292:
20th International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics
Oleg A. Romanovskii, Editor(s)

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