A field experiment on the role of small scale wind gustiness in aeolian sand transport

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Abstract

Estimates of aeolian sand transport generally use an average wind speed to assess the wind energy. To determine if variation in small‐scale wind gustiness (on the order of several seconds duration) has a significant effect on sand movement, detailed field measurements were made of wind speed and transport rate. Average wind speed and several gust parameters were derived from the wind data. The results indicate that small‐scale gust information does not improve prediction of transport rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-335
Number of pages5
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1987

Keywords

  • Aeolian sand transport
  • Wind gusts

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