Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 259–264

An urban radiation obstruction model


  • Randall S. Frank
    • TRW
  • R. Bruce Gerding
    • TRW
  • Patricia A. O'Rourke
    • Department of GeographyCalifornia State University
  • Werner H. Terjung
    • Department of GeographyCalifornia State University
Research Note

DOI: 10.1007/BF00119907

Cite this article as:
Frank, R.S., Gerding, R.B., O'Rourke, P.A. et al. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1981) 20: 259. doi:10.1007/BF00119907


An urban street canyon radiation obstruction model has been developed. The model can describe community structure in terms of the type and dimensions of every building, block, road, park, etc. The need for massive data acquisition in regard to obstruction modeling calls for computerized algorithms, relieving the researcher of the needless tedium of hand calculations and the accompanying high degree of error and labor costs. The model program OBSTRUCT was written in FORTRAN IV for use on the IBM 3033. To facilitate changes or modifications, OBSTRUCT was written in modular form.

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