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Ogive function for turbulent flux characterization

version 1.1.1 (770 KB) by E. Cheynet
A simple example of the computation and fitting of the ogive function for atmospheric turbulence


Updated 31 Oct 2019

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One method to compute the friction velocity knowing the along-wind and vertical turbulence components relies on the ogive function. For turbulence modelling, it is useful to ensure that the simulation duration is long enough to reduce the random error and to include all turbulent ranges.

The present submission implements a simple ogive function model based on the semi-empirical model proposed by Kaimal et al. [1]. In the example file, it is fitted in the least square sense to ogive function computed with simulated data. The output of the fitting is an estimate of the friction velocity.

The submission contains:
• The function ogiveFun.m that computes the ogive from the cospectral estimate.
• The function fitOgive.m that fits the analytical ogive model to the one estimated with the function ogiveFun.m.
• A data file data.m containing time series of u and w
• An interactive example file Example.mlx

Any question, suggestion of comment is welcomed.


[1] Kaimal, J. C., Wyngaard, J. C. J., Izumi, Y., & Coté, O. R. (1972). Spectral characteristics of surface‐layer turbulence. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 98(417), 563-589.

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E. Cheynet (2021). Ogive function for turbulent flux characterization (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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