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Water Resources Research

Reconciling radiation dissipation in the spatial and spectral domains under stable conditions


  • Nelson L. Dias

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    1. Department of Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
    • Corresponding author: N. L. Dias, Department of Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Paraná, Caixa Postal 19100, CEP 81531-990, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. (

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[1] Two formulations for the radiative dissipation of temperature fluctuations, in the spatial and the spectral domains, are reconciled. Both can be written in terms of a first-order decay of temperature variance. The decay constant was obtained originally by Brutsaert (1972) for stable conditions from considerations on the temperature autocovariance function (in the spatial domain). Here it is obtained directly from a spectral dissipation function, using the appropriate Monin-Obukhov dimensionless functions for a stable atmosphere. The general behavior of the constant with stability is the same for the two formulations, with Brutsaert's original formulation producing stronger dissipation than its spectral counterpart.

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