Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 78, Issue 1, pp 107-113

The local wind field at Ny-Å lesund and the Zeppelin mountain at Svalbard

  • H. J. BeineAffiliated withC.N.R. Istituto sull’Inquinamento Atmosferico, Monterotondo Scalo (Roma), Italy
  • , S. ArgentiniAffiliated withC.N.R. Istituto di Fisica dell’Atmosfera, Roma, Italy
  • , A. MauriziAffiliated withC.N.R. Istituto di Fisica dell’Atmosfera, Roma, Italy
  • , G. MastrantonioAffiliated withC.N.R. Istituto di Fisica dell’Atmosfera, Roma, Italy
  • , A. ViolaAffiliated withC.N.R. Istituto di Fisica dell’Atmosfera, Roma, Italy

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Summary

Using a triaxial Doppler sodar the planetary boundary-layer structure and the wind flow dynamics at the Arctic site Ny-Ålesund have been studied. The relationship between winds measured at Ny-Ålesund and at the nearby atmospheric research station on Zeppelin mountain was investigated for the first time. While Ny-Ålesund receives predominantly katabatic flow (from 120°) from the Kongsvegen glacier, the field is rotated within the lowest 500 m and arrives at Zeppelin from southerly directions.