Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 251–262

Internal boundary-layer height formulae — A comparison with atmospheric data

  • John L. Walmsley

DOI: 10.1007/BF00122332

Cite this article as:
Walmsley, J.L. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1989) 47: 251. doi:10.1007/BF00122332


The height of the internal boundary layer (IBL) downwind of a step change in surface roughness is computed using formulae of Elliott (1958), Jackson (1976) and Panofsky and Dutton (1984). The results are compared with neutral-stratification atmospheric data extracted from the set of wind-tunnel and atmospheric data summarized by Jackson (1976) as well as neutral-stratification data presented by Peterson et al. (1979) and new data measured at Cherrywood, Ontario. It is found that the Panofsky-Dutton formulation gives the least root-mean-square (RMS) absolute errors for atmospheric applications.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John L. Walmsley
    • 1
  1. 1.Atmospheric Environment ServiceDownsviewCanada