The local effect of intermittency on the inertial subrange energy spectrum of the atmospheric surface layer

Jozsef Szilagyi, Gabriel G Katul, M. B. Parlange, John D Albertson, Anthony T. Cahill

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Orthonormal wavelet expansions are applied to atmospheric surface layer velocity measurements. The effect of intermittent events on the energy spectrum of the inertial subrange is investigated through analysis of wavelet coefficients. The local nature of the orthonormal wavelet transform in physical space makes it possible to identify a relationship between the inertial subrange slope of the local wavelet spectrum and a simple indicator of local intermittency buildup. The slope of the local wavelet energy spectrum in the inertial subrange is shown to be sensitive to the presence of intermittent events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
Number of pages16
JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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