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The quasi-steady state of the valley wind system

By Juerg eSchmidli, Juerg eSchmidli and Richard eRotunno


The quasi-steady-state limit of the diurnal valley wind system is investigated overidealized three-dimensional topography. Although this limit is rarely attained inreality due to ever-changing forcings, the investigation of this limit canprovide valuable insight, in particular on the mass and heat fluxes associatedwith the along-valley wind. We derive a scaling relation for the quasi-steady-state along-valleymass flux as a function of valley geometry, valley size, atmospheric stratification,and surface sensible heat flux forcing. The scaling relation is tested by comparisonwith the mass flux diagnosed from numerical simulations of the valleywind system. Good agreement is found. The results also provide insight into the relationbetween surface friction and the strength of the along-valley pressure gradient

Topics: scaling relation, Valley geometry, Quasi-steady state, Mass and heat fluxes, Valley wind system, along-valley wind, Science, Q
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.3389/feart.2015.00079
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