Power-law profile

From Glossary of Meteorology



power-law profile

A formula for the variation of wind with height in the surface boundary layer.

It is an alternative to the logarithmic velocity profile, and the assumptions are the same, with the exception of the form of the dependence of mixing length l on height z. Here
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Then
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where
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is the mean velocity, u* the friction velocity, ν the kinematic viscosity, and
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For moderate Reynolds numbers, p = 6/7 (the seventh-root profile) is empirically verified, but for large Reynolds numbers p is between this value and unity. It is to be noted that if
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is proportional to zm, and if the stress is assumed independent of height, then the eddy viscosity νe is proportional to z1-m. These relations are known as Schmidt's conjugate-power laws.

Sutton, O. G. 1953. Micrometeorology. 78–85.


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