Review of wave-turbulence interactions in the stable atmospheric boundary layer



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Yagüe Anguis, Carlos and otros, ... (2015) Review of wave-turbulence interactions in the stable atmospheric boundary layer. Reviews of geophysics, 53 (3). pp. 956-993. ISSN 8755-1209

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Flow in a stably stratified environment is characterized by anisotropic and intermittent turbulence and wavelike motions of varying amplitudes and periods. Understanding turbulence intermittency and wave-turbulence interactions in a stably stratified flow remains a challenging issue in geosciences including planetary atmospheres and oceans. The stable atmospheric boundary layer (SABL) commonly occurs when the ground surface is cooled by longwave radiation emission such as at night over land surfaces, or even daytime over snow and ice surfaces, and when warm air is advected over cold surfaces. Intermittent turbulence intensification in the SABL impacts human activities and weather variability, yet it cannot be generated in state-of-the-art numerical forecast models. This failure is mainly due to a lack of understanding of the physical mechanisms for seemingly random turbulence generation in a stably stratified flow, in which wave-turbulence interaction is a potential mechanism for turbulence intermittency. A workshop on wave-turbulence interactions in the SABL addressed the current understanding and challenges of wave-turbulence interactions and the role of wavelike motions in contributing to anisotropic and intermittent turbulence from the perspectives of theory, observations, and numerical parameterization. There have been a number of reviews on waves, and a few on turbulence in stably stratified flows, but not much on wave-turbulence interactions. This review focuses on the nocturnal SABL; however, the discussions here on intermittent turbulence and wave-turbulence interactions in stably stratified flows underscore important issues in stably stratified geophysical dynamics in general.

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©2015 The Authors. Artículo firmado por 18 autores. The workshop, WINABL, was sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Geophysical Turbulence Program (GTP). We would like to thank Andreas Muschinski, William Brown, Steve Cohn, Donald Lenschow, Sergej Zilintinkevich, and two reviewers for their helpful comments on this review. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages NCAR under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Internal gravity-waves; Kelvin-helmholtz billows; Stratified shear flows; One critical-level; Monotonic velocity profile; Critical richardson-number; Scale elimination model; Tethered lifting system; Directional wind shear; Antarctic ice shelf
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Geophysics
Sciences > Physics > Meteorology
ID Code:34840
Deposited On:15 Dec 2015 13:35
Last Modified:01 May 2016 23:01

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