THE AERODYNAMIC ROUGHNESS OF THE COMPLEX TERRAIN OF WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NEW MEXICO
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES LAB
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The aerodynamic roughness of the extremely complex terrain at White Sands Missile Range has been examined through the analyses of wind and temperature profiles measured on the 62-meter meteorological research tower. The roughness length z sub o was considered as a function of the season and the direction of the mean flow. There was an apparent correlation between the roughness length and growing season with variations in z sub o from approximately 10 cm in January to 22.5 cm in July. Variations of nearly 60 cm were noted when z sub o was considered on a directional basis.
- Fluid Mechanics