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Young Joachim Küttner searching for law in disorder: Detecting waves and rotors through intuitive multi-disciplinarity

Volkert, Hans (2010) Young Joachim Küttner searching for law in disorder: Detecting waves and rotors through intuitive multi-disciplinarity. American Meteorological Society, Annual Meeting, 18. - 22. Jan. 2010, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (nicht veröffentlicht)

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Being in his late twenties, the doctor of law Joachim P. Küttner systematically searched for atmospheric uplift, which could be used for soaring flight, a sport of growing popularity during the 1930s in Germany. Within three years he published no less than six papers dealing with convective up-draughts over Northern Finland as well as in the Balkans, with uplift at the tropopause level during cyclogenesis and with a classification of terms contributing to the quantity of dynamic pressure. However, his broad observational documentation of wave clouds connected with flow across mountain ridges and the experimental description of the vertical motion field during a regional gliding contest at the lee side of the Riesengebirge constituted the landmark paper that made his name known to a wider community. He postulated an intrinsic connection between highly turbulent flow in low levels rotors and often smooth motion in mountain waves aloft. In a companion paper, he also aimed at a theoretical explanation of the available observations. This presentation attempts to recall the essence of Küttner's first surge of publications. In conjunction with a few facts from his family background and his non-standard, highly self-steered academic training in atmospheric physics we arrive at this working hypothesis: "Küttner's early achievements much profited from combining experiences of established law systems and sharp physical observations with the tenacity and perseverance of an active sportsman". It is envisaged that the presentations with foci on later steps in Kuettner's long career can help to corroborate the early findings.

Dokumentart:Konferenzbeitrag (Vortrag)
Titel:Young Joachim Küttner searching for law in disorder: Detecting waves and rotors through intuitive multi-disciplinarity
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Datum:19 Januar 2010
Referierte Publikation:Nein
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In ISI Web of Science:Nein
Status:nicht veröffentlicht
Stichwörter:Segelflug Wissenschaftsgeschichte Gebirgsüberströmung
Veranstaltungstitel:American Meteorological Society, Annual Meeting
Veranstaltungsort:Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Veranstaltungsart:internationale Konferenz
Veranstaltungsdatum:18. - 22. Jan. 2010
Veranstalter :American Meteorological Society
HGF - Forschungsbereich:Luftfahrt, Raumfahrt und Verkehr
HGF - Programm:Raumfahrt
HGF - Programmthema:Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Schwerpunkt:Raumfahrt
DLR - Forschungsgebiet:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Teilgebiet (Projekt, Vorhaben):R - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung
Standort: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institute & Einrichtungen:Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre > Wolkenphysik und Verkehrsmeteorologie
Hinterlegt von: Volkert, Dr. Hans
Hinterlegt am:13 Feb 2012 13:48
Letzte Änderung:13 Jan 2014 08:43

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