Accession Number:

ADA634806

Title:

Fractal Concepts and the Analysis of Atmospheric Processes

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

Report Date:

1997-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

LONG-TERM GOALS. Data collected during field projects or the outputs from elaborate numerical simulations are often not analyzed to their fullest extent. Although, field data sets that are as complete as we would like are still quite rare, the results from numerical modeling now cover large ranges of scale with considerable spatial detail. The hardware and data are now available to support the development and application of new tools for analyzing the details of fluid flows. Such improvements in analysis methods will provide the means for obtaining greater insight into the nature of fluid flow, which in turn will improve the modeling and prediction of environmental parameters that affect the Navys operations. The goal of our research is to improve our understanding of atmospheric processes and the simulations of them through the application of analytical approaches derived from methods associated with multiresolution feature and wavelet analyses. We seek a clear understanding of the spatial and temporal characteristics of atmospheric motions that have many scales and are intermittent. Second, we build tools to analyze these motions, in the field and in simulations of atmospheric motions. Finally, we seek to determine the causes of key features of the motions.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE