Surface fluxes of momentum, heat, and water vapor

John D. Albertson, Gerard Kiely, Marc B. Parlange

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Advances in global scale hydrology and climatology demand an improved understanding of the interaction between the Earth’s surface and its atmosphere. Such an understanding is being sought through field experiments over the ocean and the land and through the use of remote sensing. In many cases, the traditional eddy correlation measurement technique to obtain fluxes of heat and momentum is problematic and it becomes necessary to employ less direct techniques. In this paper the inertial-dissipation method is reviewed and a refined approach is presented. The new dissipation model circumvents several of the short-comings inherent to previous formulations of the dissipation approach. Experimental data are presented to support new empirical scaling forms for turbulent kinetic energy and scalar variance dissipation rates and the refined dissipation-flux model is tested. Excellent agreement with direct flux measurements is obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRadiation and Water in the Climate System
Subtitle of host publicationRemote Measurements
EditorsEhrhard Raschke
Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783662032893
ISBN (Print)9783642082610
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
Event1995 NATO Advanced Science Institute: "Remote Sensing of Processes Governing Energy and Water Cycles in the Climate System - Plon, Germany
Duration: 1 May 199512 May 1995


Conference1995 NATO Advanced Science Institute

Cite this