An objective method for determining principal time scales of coherent eddy structures using orthonormal wavelets


Journal Article

A new, parameter-free method, based on orthonormal wavelet expansions is proposed for calculating the principal time scale of coherent structures in atmospheric surface layer measurements. These organized events play an important role in the exchange of heat, mass, and momentum between the land and the atmosphere. This global technique decomposes the energy contribution at each scale into organized and random eddy motion. The method is demonstrated on vertical wind velocity measurements above bare and vegetated surfaces. It is found to give nearly identical results to a local thresholding approach developed for signal de-noising that assigns the wavelet coefficients to organized and random motion. The effect of applying anti- and/or near-symmetrical wavelet basis functions is also investigated.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Szilagyi, J; Parlange, MB; Katul, GG; Albertson, JD

Published Date

  • February 24, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 561 - 566

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0309-1708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0309-1708(98)00046-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus