On turbulent fluxes during strong winter bora wind events

Kozmar, Hrvoje and Babić, Nevio and Večenaj, Željko and Horvath, Kristian and De Wekker, Stephan F. J. and Grisogono, Branko (2016) On turbulent fluxes during strong winter bora wind events. = On turbulent fluxes during strong winter bora wind events. Boundary - layer meteorology, 158 (2). pp. 331-350. ISSN 0006-8314. Vrsta rada: ["eprint_fieldopt_article_type_article" not defined]. Kvartili JCR: Q2 (2016). Točan broj autora: 6.

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Well known due to its severity, the bora downslope windstorms have been extensively studied over the last several decades. This study focuses on the turbulence characteristics of bora at a topographically complex site near the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. For this purpose, a 3-month eddy covariance data set obtained at three levels (10, 22, 40 m) on a 60-m flux tower is used. After determining a suitable averaging time scale of 15 min using the fast Fourier transform and the ogive method, vertical fluxes of momentum and heat were calculated for 17 bora episodes. Up to a wind speed of 12 m/s, typical vertical profiles of momentum and heat were observed. However, for wind speeds > 12 m/s, several interesting observations arose. First, the nighttime heat flux at the 10-m level was often found to be positive rather negative. Second, vertical profiles of the momentum flux were larger at the 22-m level than at 10- m and 40-m levels, mostly during nearly neutral to weakly stable thermal stratification. Third, these momentum flux profiles showed large dependence on wind direction, with virtually no vertical transport of momentum for largest observed wind speeds. For the first time, bora coherent structures have been analyzed using the so-called Variable- Interval Time Averaging (VITA) method. The method detected coherent structures in all three wind speed components, with structure topologies similar to those observed over forest canopies. The momentum flux increase at the 22-m, relative to the 10-m and 40- m levels, is further supported by the VITA findings.

Item Type: Article (["eprint_fieldopt_article_type_article" not defined])
Keywords (Croatian): bora, complex terrain, constant-flux layer, coherent structures, flux divergence
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geology
Divisions: 1400 Department of fluid mechanics > 1420 Chair of environment and construction aerodynamics
Indexed in Web of Science: Yes
Indexed in Current Contents: Yes
Quartiles: Q2 (2016)
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 11:28
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 08:53
URI: http://repozitorij.fsb.hr/id/eprint/5579

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