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Friction wind speeds in dust devils: a field study

Balme, Matthew; Metzger, Stephen; Towner, Martin; Ringrose, Tim; Greeley, Ronald and Iversen, James (2003). Friction wind speeds in dust devils: a field study. Geophysical Research Letters, 30(16) p. 1830.

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Using in-situ field measurements, we determined surface friction velocities (u*) and aerodynamic roughness heights (z0) at the base of 10 dust devils. z0 values agree closely with previous studies in this region and range from 0.1 to 1.0 cm. The peak u* coincide with the largest wind speed measurements within the dust devil and range from 0.9 to 2.4 ms−1. Surface friction velocities are sufficient to lift all types of windblown material from dust to pebble sized particles. Peak u* values for dust devils appear to be a linear function of the peak wind speed measured at ~2 m height within the dust devil. This provides a simple approximation for estimating surface shear stress for dust devils.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2003 American Geophysical Union.
ISSN: 1944-8007
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetNASA (Planetary Geology and Geophysics program)
Not SetNot SetUnited Kingdom Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 4954
Depositing User: Users 6044 not found.
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 16:21
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