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Effects of missing data on zonal kinetic energy calculations

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The effects of missing data upon zonal kinetic energy calculations are investigated by constructing clusters of alternate stations in the vicinity of 59 primary stations in middle latitudes. Reports from these stations are then taken to approximate the missing winds at the primary stations. In the mid-troposphere as much as about seventy percent of the missing primary station reports were eliminated through the use of the alternates. This adjustment failed to detect any large systematic bias in the observed mean wind fields calculated from an original 206 stations of which the 59 were a subset. The missing data had only a marginal influence on other quantitative results.

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The research reported in this paper was sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation under Grant No. GA-1310X.

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Stoldt, N.W. Effects of missing data on zonal kinetic energy calculations. PAGEOPH 92, 207–218 (1971). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00875004

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Keywords

  • Kinetic Energy
  • Quantitative Result
  • Wind Field
  • Systematic Bias
  • Energy Calculation