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Assessing the power law hypothesis for the size-frequency distribution of terrestrial and martian dust devils

Pathare, A. V.; Balme, M. R.; Meztger, S. M.; Spiga, A.; Towner, M. C.; Renno, N. O. and Saca, F. (2010). Assessing the power law hypothesis for the size-frequency distribution of terrestrial and martian dust devils. Icarus, 209(2) pp. 851–853.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2010.06.027
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Abstract

Competing hypotheses for the diameter dependence of terrestrial and martian dust devil frequency are assessed using new field observations from two sites in the southwestern United States. We show that at diameters less than 12m, our observed dust devil size–frequency distributions are better fit by an exponential function than by a power law formulation, and discuss the implications for larger dust devils on Earth and Mars.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier Inc.
Keywords: Earth; Mars, atmosphere; meteorology
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 23584
Depositing User: Matthew Balme
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2010 10:27
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2012 12:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/23584
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