Velocity and temperature spectra and cospectra in an unstable suburban atmosphere
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- Roth, M., Oke, T.R. & Steyn, D.G. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1989) 47: 309. doi:10.1007/BF00122336
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Boundary-layer flow over very rough surfaces is poorly understood so the applicability of standard micrometeorological theory is uncertain. This study presents observations of the turbulent fluctuations of meteorological parameters over a suburban area. Even though the height of measurement is considered to be close to the junction between the inertial and roughness sub-layers, the wind and temperature spectra and the momentum and sensible heat flux cospectra are in good agreement with reference data from smoother surfaces. Recommendations are made concerning site requirements, height of measurement and averaging times for the study of turbulence and turbulent fluxes over suburban terrain.