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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. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Young Joachim Küttner searching for law in disorder: Detecting waves and rotors through intuitive multi-disciplinarity
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Volkert, HansDLR, IPA
Date:19 January 2010
Refereed publication:No
Status:Unpublished
Keywords:Segelflug Wissenschaftsgeschichte Gebirgsüberströmung
Event Title:American Meteorological Society, Annual Meeting
Event Location:Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:18. - 22. Jan. 2010
Organizer:American Meteorological Society
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Hans Volkert
Deposited On:13 Feb 2012 13:48
Last Modified:13 Jan 2014 08:43

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