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Published March 15, 2007 | public
Journal Article

The near-neutral atmospheric surface layer: turbulence and non-stationarity


The neutrally stable atmospheric surface layer is used as a physical model of a very high Reynolds number, canonical turbulent boundary layer. Challenges and limitations with this model are addressed in detail, including the inherent thermal stratification, surface roughness and non-stationarity of the atmosphere. Concurrent hot-wire and sonic anemometry data acquired in Utah's western desert provide insight to Reynolds number trends in the axial velocity statistics and spectra.

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© 2007 The Royal Society. Published online 16 January 2007. One contribution of 14 to a Theme Issue 'Scaling and structure in high Reynolds number wall-bounded flows'. This work was funded by the Office of Naval Research. B.J.M. is grateful for the support of a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship during the field experiments. Field support from Dugway Proving Ground is also appreciated. The authors further benefited from the help of Drs I. Marusic and E. Pardyjak.

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