A scale invariant, selfsimilar atmospheric eddy continuum exists in the planetary atmospheric boundary layer spanning several orders of magnitude in scales and gives rise to the observed fractal geometry for the global cloud cover pattern. The global weather systems are manifestations of the unified atmospheric eddy continuum with inherent mutual global-local energy exchange and therefore local urban energy/pollution sources have long-range global effects leading to climate change and environmental degradation. It is shown that the observed scale invariant atmospheric eddy continuum originates from the turbulence scale by the universal period doubling route to chaos eddy growth phenomenon in the planetary atmospheric boundary layer. The cloud dynamical, microphysical and electrical parameters are shown to be simple unique functions of turbulence scale energy generation.
- Pub Date:
- June 2000
- Physics - General Physics
- 16 pages, 2 figures, Proc. International Conference on Energy Transformations and Interactions with Small and Meso-scale Atmospheric Processes, 2-6 March 1987, Switzerland