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Wavelet analysis of observed geopotential and wind: blocking and local energy coupling across scales
Author(s): Aime Fournier
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric blocking during three unusual winter months is studied by multiresolution analysis and a wavelet based adaptation of traditional Fourier series based energetics. We demonstrate that blocking, in part a large and localized meteorological phenomenon, is largely described by just the largest scale part of the multiresolution analysis. New forms of the transfer functions of kinetic energy with the mean and eddy parts of the atmospheric circulation are introduced. These quantify the spatially localized conversion of energy between scales. A new accounting method for wavelet indexed transfers permits the introduction of a physically meaningful localized scale flux function. These techniques are applied to the data, and some support is found for the hypothesis that blocking is partially maintained by an inverse cascade.

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Date Published: 23 October 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2825, Wavelet Applications in Signal and Image Processing IV, (23 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255268
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Aime Fournier, Yale Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2825:
Wavelet Applications in Signal and Image Processing IV
Michael A. Unser; Akram Aldroubi; Andrew F. Laine, Editor(s)

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