The flux Richardson number R, (also known as the mixing efficiency) for the stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer is investigated as a function of the gradient Richardson number Ri(g), using data taken during two field studies: the Vertical Transport and Mixing Experiment (VTMX) in Salt Lake City, Utah (October 2000), and a long-term rural field data set from Technical Area 6 (TA-6) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. The results show the existence of a maximum R(f) (0.4-0.5) at a gradient Richardson number of approximately unity. These large-Reynolds-number results agree well with recent laboratory stratified shear layer measurements, but are at odds with some commonly used R(f) parameterizations, particularly under high-Ri(g) conditions. The observed variations in buoyancy flux and turbulent kinetic energy production are consistent with the concept of global intermittency of the atmospheric stable boundary layer.
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|Titolo:||Flux Richardson number measurements in stable atmospheric shear flows|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2002|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|