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Title: Can a simple dynamical system describe the interplay between drag and buoyancy in terrain-induced canopy flows?

Under non-neutral stratification and in the presence of topography the dynamics of turbulent flow within a canopy is not yet completely understood. This has, among others, serious implications for the measurement of surface – atmosphere exchange by means of eddy-covariance: for example the measurement of carbon dioxide fluxes are strongly influenced if drainage flows occur during night, when the flow within the canopy decouples from the flow aloft. An improved physical understanding of the behavior of scalars under canopy turbulence in complex terrain is urgently needed. In the present work, we investigate the dynamics of turbulent flow within sloped canopies, focusing on the slope wind and potential temperature. We concentrate on the presence of oscillatory behavior in the flow variables in terms of switching of flow regimes by conducting linear stability analysis. We revisit and correct the simplified theory that exists in the literature, which is based on the interplay between the drag force and the buoyancy. We find that the simplified description of this dynamical system cannot exhibit the observed richness of the dynamics. To augment the simplified dynamical system’s analysis, we make use of large-eddy simulation of a three-dimensional hill covered by a homogeneous forest and analyze themore » phase synchronization behavior of the buoyancy and drag forces in the momentum budget to explore the turbulent dynamics in more detail.« less
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  1. Karlsruhe Inst. of Technology (KIT) Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). Atmospheric Environmental Research, Inst. for Meteorology and Climate Research
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0022-4928; TRN: US1800895
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-4928
American Meteorological Society
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Contributing Orgs:
Helmholtz Association (Germany)
Country of Publication:
United States
58 GEOSCIENCES; Earth Sciences
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