Possible Explanation of the Atmospheric Kinetic and Potential Energy Spectra
2011 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, Vol. 107, no 26, 268501- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We hypothesize that the observed wave number spectra of kinetic and potential energy in the atmosphere can be explained by assuming that there are two related cascade processes emanating from the same large-scale energy source, a downscale cascade of potential enstrophy, giving rise to the k(-3) spectrum at synoptic scales and a downscale energy cascade giving rise to the k(-5/3) spectrum at mesoscales. The amount of energy which is going into the downscale energy cascade is determined by the rate of system rotation, with negligible energy going downscale in the limit of very fast rotation. We present a set of simulations of a system with strong rotation and stratification, supporting these hypotheses and showing good agreement with observations.
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2011. Vol. 107, no 26, 268501- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-63245DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.268501ISI: 000298607400011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84455205259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-63245DiVA: diva2:484462
QC 201201272012-01-272012-01-232013-12-10Bibliographically approved