Charnock's Roughness Length Model and Non-dimensional Wind Profiles Over the Sea

Alfredo Pena Diaz, Sven-Erik Gryning

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    An analysis tool for the study of wind speed profiles over the water has been developed. The profiles are analysed using a modified dimensionless wind speed and dimensionless height, assuming that the sea surface roughness can be predicted by Charnock's roughness length model. In this form, the roughness dependency on wind speed is extracted and the variations on the wind profile are due solely to atmospheric stability. The use of the Charnock's non-dimensional wind profile is illustrated using data collected from a meteorological mast installed in the Danish North Sea. The best fit with the observed mean non-dimensional wind profile under neutral atmospheric conditions is found using a value of 1.2 x 10(-2) for Charnock's parameter. The stability correction on the neutral wind profile suggested by the Businger-Dyer relations was found to perform well over the sea.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)191-203
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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