Eddy mixing in jet-stream turbulence under stronger stratification

Alex Mahalov, B. Nicolaenko, K. L. Tse, B. Joseph

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Certain qualitative changes in turbulent eddy mixing during transitional regimes towards stronger stratification are highlighted using high-resolution numerical simulations. The behavior of turbulent eddy mixing parameters found in this study is consistent with some recent observational results in stably stratified shear flows in the atmosphere. In particular, the flux Richardson number increases, saturates and then decreases after a critical value of the gradient Richardson number (Rig) around 2.0. Correspondingly, there is also a transition from a decreasing trend in the turbulent eddy mixing coefficient for momentum to an increasing one at the same critical Rig. The implication of the study is that such a transition can be of quite general interest in sheared flows under stronger stratification (with significant wave dynamics), and needs to be accounted for in the parameterization of microscale atmospheric turbulence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 16 2004


  • 3210 Mathematical Geophysics: Modeling
  • 3220 Mathematical Geophysics: Nonlinear dynamics
  • 3230 Mathematical Geophysics: Numerical solutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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