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A total turbulent energy closure model for neutrally and stably stratified atmospheric boundary layers
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, ISSN 0022-4928, E-ISSN 1520-0469, Vol. 64, no 11, 4113-4126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper presents a turbulence closure for neutral and stratified atmospheric conditions. The closure is based on the concept of the total turbulent energy. The total turbulent energy is the sum of the turbulent kinetic energy and turbulent potential energy, which is proportional to the potential temperature variance. The closure uses recent observational findings to take into account the mean flow stability. These observations indicate that turbulent transfer of heat and momentum behaves differently under very stable stratification. Whereas the turbulent heat flux tends toward zero beyond a certain stability limit, the turbulent stress stays finite. The suggested scheme avoids the problem of self-correlation. The latter is an improvement over the widely used Monin-Obukhov-based closures. Numerous large-eddy simulations, including a wide range of neutral and stably stratified cases, are used to estimate likely values of two free constants. In a benchmark case the new turbulence closure performs indistinguishably from independent large-eddy simulations.

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2007. Vol. 64, no 11, 4113-4126 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-113458DOI: 10.1175/2007JAS2294.1ISI: 000251283000024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-113458DiVA: diva2:290902
Available from: 2010-01-28 Created: 2010-01-28 Last updated: 2010-05-06Bibliographically approved

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