Vercauteren, N. and Boyko, V. and Faranda, D. and Stiperski, I. (2018) Scale interactions and anisotropy in stable boundary layers. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society . (Submitted)

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Official URL: https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.07031
Abstract
Regimes of interactions between motions on different timescales are investigated in the FLOSSII dataset for nocturnal nearsurface stable boundary layer (SBL) turbulence. The nonstationary response of turbulent vertical velocity variance to nonturbulent, submesoscale wind velocity variability is analysed using the bounded variation, finite element, vector autoregressive factor models (FEMBVVARX) clustering method. Several locally stationary flow regimes are identified with different influences of submeso wind velocity on the turbulent vertical velocity variance. In each flow regime, we analyse multiple scale interactions and quantify the amount of turbulent variability which can be statistically explained by the individual forcing variables. The state of anisotropy of the Reynolds stress tensor in the different flow regimes is shown to relate to these different signatures of scale interactions. In flow regimes dominated by submesoscale wind variability, the Reynolds stresses show a clear preference for strongly anisotropic, onecomponent stresses, which tend to correspond to periods in which the turbulent fluxes are against the mean gradient. These periods additionally show stronger persistence in their dynamics, compared to periods of more isotropic stresses. The analyses give insights on how the different topologies relate to nonstationary turbulence triggering by submesoscale motions.
Item Type:  Article 

Subjects:  Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Applied Mathematics 
Divisions:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics > Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group 
ID Code:  2279 
Deposited By:  Ulrike Eickers 
Deposited On:  22 Oct 2018 14:25 
Last Modified:  11 Jan 2019 09:39 
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