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Wave structures and turbulent features of the winter airflow in southern Wyoming

Paul J. Dawson and John D. Marwitz
Wave structures and turbulent features of the winter airflow in southern Wyoming (in Interpretation of windflow characteristics from eolian landforms, Ronald W. Marrs (editor) and Kenneth E. Kolm (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (1982) 192: 55-63

Abstract

Data from airborne air-sensing probes reveal wave structures in the planetary boundary layer of the atmosphere in the wind corridor of south-central Wyoming. The airflow, which is nearly laminar throughout much of the region, responds in a series of resonant lee waves when it encounters topographic obstacles. Gravity waves and turbulent mixing are associated with a downward transport of vertical momentum and occur in the region of accelerated windflow in the central Wyoming wind corridor. Kelvin-Helmholtz waves are prevalent in the area of hydraulic jump at Windy Gap. Understanding of such waves and their controls is essential to siting of wind-energy systems in high-wind regions like the Wyoming wind corridor and in interpreting the mechanisms for development and migration of eolian landforms.


ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Coden: GSAPAZ
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 192
Title: Wave structures and turbulent features of the winter airflow in southern Wyoming
Title: Interpretation of windflow characteristics from eolian landforms
Author(s): Dawson, Paul J.Marwitz, John D.
Author(s): Marrs, Ronald W.editor
Author(s): Kolm, Kenneth E.editor
Affiliation: Univ. Wyo., Dep. Atmos. Sci., Laramie, WY, United States
Pages: 55-63
Published: 1982
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 11
Accession Number: 1983-016808
Categories: Geomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch maps
N41°00'00" - N45°00'00", W111°04'60" - W104°04'60"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1983
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