An analysis of MONTBLEX data on heat and momentum flux at Jodhpur

  • Kusuma G. Rao
  • R. Narasimha
  • A. Prabhu


Parameterization of sensible heat and momentum fluxes as inferred from an analysis of tower observations archived during MONTBLEX-90 at Jodhpur is proposed, both in terms of standard exchange coefficientsC H andC D respectively and also according to free convection scaling. Both coefficients increase rapidly at low winds (the latter more strongly) and with increasing instability. All the sensible heat flux data at Jodhpur (wind speed at 10 m Ū10 < 8 ms−1) also obey free convection scaling, with the flux proportional to the ‘4/3’ power of an appropriate temperature difference such as that between 1 and 30 m. Furthermore, for Ū10 < 4 ms−1 the momentum flux displays a linear dependence on wind speed.


Sensible heat flux momentum flux free convection exchange coefficient of heat drag coefficient 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kusuma G. Rao
    • 1
  • R. Narasimha
    • 1
  • A. Prabhu
    • 2
  1. 1.Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific ResearchBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Atmospheric SciencesIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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