Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2159–2166, 2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2159–2166, 2015

Research article 27 Feb 2015

Research article | 27 Feb 2015

Comparing turbulent parameters obtained from LITOS and radiosonde measurements

A. Schneider et al.

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Stratospheric turbulence is essential for the atmospheric energy budget. We compare in situ observations with our LITOS method based on spectral analysis of mm-scale wind fluctuations with the Thorpe method applied to standard radiosondes. Energy dissipations rates from both methods differ by up to 3 orders of magnitude. Nevertheless, mean values are in good agreement. We present case studies on both methods and examine the applicability of the Thorpe method for calculation of dissipation rates.
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