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Additional info for Atmospheric Turbulence: A molecular dynamics Perspective
Vorticity is thus closely related to temperature, the average of molecular square velocities. From vorticity can be deﬁned enstrophy, half the mean square vorticity; in turn, an entropy can be deﬁned from enstrophy. Very recently, entropy has been related to scale invariance (Tsallis et al. 2005). Scale invariance could also arise from the properties of Chen’s (2003) ‘turbulent Gibbs distributions’, see his p. 341. A connection between maximization of entropy production and the existence of scale invariance in turbulent ﬂow would be of great conceptual importance.
The same is true of the different variables—the instrumentation for wind, temperature, and pressure has been long established, while some of the chemical instruments measure molecules which are present at extremely low mixing ratios and do not have the data continuity and signal-to-noise that would enable a full generalized scale invariance analysis. Nevertheless, with a few rare exceptions, it is apparent that atmospheric variability dominates over instrumental noise. This is evident in the PDFs, which only show Gaussian or Poisson distributions at the very short scales where random instrumental noise dominates; indeed, the log-log plots forming the variograms are excellent, direct diagnostics of this situation.
We thus can associate entropy with vorticity, an alternative to potential temperature. 2), vorticity can be related to the thermodynamic state of the ﬂow (Truesdell 1952, 1954) as originally done by Beltrami (1871). Vorticity can be normalized over an air column by dividing by the depth of the column, to yield a conservative quantity, potential vorticity (Rossby 1940; Ertel 1942; Hoskins et al. 1985). The full development in meteorologically familiar notation is in the last of these three references, which expounds ‘PV thinking’.