Energy spectra of strongly stratified and rotating turbulence

Alex Mahalov, Basil Nicolaenko, Ye Zhou

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Turbulence under strong stratification and rotation is usually characterized as quasi-two-dimensional turbulence. We develop a “quasi-two-dimensional” energy spectrum which changes smoothly between the Kolmogorov [Formula Presented] law (no stratification), the [Formula Presented] scalings of Zhou [Phys. Fluids 7, 2092 (1995)] for the case of strong rotation, as well as the [Formula Presented] scalings for the case of strong rotation and stratification. For strongly stratified turbulence, the model may give the [Formula Presented] scaling predicted by Herring [Meteorol. Atmos. Phys. 38, 106 1988], and the [Formula Presented] scaling indicated by some mesoscale observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6187-6190
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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