Application of terrain height variance spectra to mesoscale modeling ( Colorado).

G. S. Young, R. A. Pielke

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The distribution of terrain height variance with wavelength is important for determining the required horizontal grid spacing for mesoscale models so that a subgrid-scale terrain parameterization need not be calculated. One-dimensional terrain height variance spectra for western Colorado are calculated from data collected from topographic maps and NOAA/EDIS/NGSDC 30 s average elevation data tapes. The terrain height variance of this region is found to be linearly dependent on wavelength. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2555-2560
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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