Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 227–246

Drag coefficients and turbulence spectra within three boreal forest canopies

  • B. D. Amiro

DOI: 10.1007/BF00122088

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Amiro, B.D. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1990) 52: 227. doi:10.1007/BF00122088


Atmospheric turbulence was measured within a black spruce forest, a jack pine forest, and a trembling aspen forest, located in southeastern Manitoba, Canada. Drag coefficients (Cd) varied little with height within the pine and aspen canopies, but showed some height dependence within the dense spruce canopy. A constant Cdof 0.15, with the measured momentum flux and velocity profiles, gave good estimates of leaf-area-index (LAI) profiles for the pine and aspen canopies, but underestimated LAI for the spruce canopy.

Velocity spectra were scaled using the Eulerian integral time scales and showed a substantial inertial subrange above the canopies. In the bottom part of the canopies, the streamwise and cross-stream spectra showed rapid energy loss whereas the vertical spectra showed an apparent energy gain, in the region where the inertial subrange is expected. The temperature spectra showed an inertial subrange with the expected -2/3 slope at all heights. Cospectra of momentum and heat flux had slopes of about -1 in much of the inertial subrange. Possible mechanisms to explain some of the spectral features are discussed.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. D. Amiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Research Branch, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Research Company, Whiteshell Nuclear Research EstablishmentPinawaCanada

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