Turbulence Energetics in Stably Stratified Atmospheric Flows Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract. We propose a new turbulence closure model based on the budget equations for the key second moments: turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), turbulent potential energy (TPE) and vertical turbulent fluxes of momentum and buoyancy (proportional to potential temperature). Besides the concept of the turbulent total energy (TTE= TKE+ TPE), we take into account the non-gradient correction to the traditional buoyancy flux formulation. The proposed model permits the existence of turbulence at any gradient Richardson number …

publication date

  • January 1, 2009