Radon-220 calibration of near-surface turbulent gas transport

Lehmann, Bernhard E.; Lehmann, Martin; Neftel, Albrecht; Gut, Andreas; Tarakanov, Sergei V. (1999). Radon-220 calibration of near-surface turbulent gas transport. Geophysical Research Letters, 26(5), pp. 607-610. American Geophysical Union 10.1029/1999GL900026

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Activity concentration profiles of the short-lived radon isotope 220Rn (half-life 56 seconds) in the lowest 50 cm above the soil are used to study near-surface gas transport processes. The experimental data are compared to profiles calculated by solving the one-dimensional diffusion equation for radioactive atoms with a linear increase of the eddy diffusion coefficient K with altitude according to K(z) = K0 + Kz.Z. The slope KZ in this model and the radon flux from the surface are continuously calculated from the activity measurements in time steps of one hour. Transport times for Rn atoms from an altitude Z1 = 5 cm to an altitude Z2 = 20 cm are typically between one and two minutes in stable meteorological conditions when the friction velocity u* is below 0.1 m/s.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Lehmann, Bernhard

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

0094-8276

Publisher:

American Geophysical Union

Language:

English

Submitter:

BORIS Import 2

Date Deposited:

07 Sep 2021 09:30

Last Modified:

07 Sep 2021 09:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1029/1999GL900026

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/158790

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/158790

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