Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 117, Issue 2, pp 231–257

‘Application of a New Spectral Theory of Stably Stratified Turbulence to the Atmospheric Boundary Layer over Sea Ice’


  • Semion Sukoriansky
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering/Perlstone Center for Aeronautical Engineering StudiesBen-Gurion University of the Negev
    • College of Marine ScienceUniversity of South Florida
  • Veniamin Perov
    • Department of Research and DevelopmentSwedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

DOI: 10.1007/s10546-004-6848-4

Cite this article as:
Sukoriansky, S., Galperin, B. & Perov, V. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (2005) 117: 231. doi:10.1007/s10546-004-6848-4


A new spectral closure model of stably stratified turbulence is used to develop a K–ε model suitable for applications to the atmospheric boundary layer. This K–ε model utilizes vertical viscosity and diffusivity obtained from the spectral theory. In the ε equation, the Coriolis parameter-dependent formulation of the coefficient C1 suggested by Detering and Etling is generalized to include the dependence on the Brunt-Väisälä frequency, N. The new K–ε model is tested in simulations of the ABL over sea ice and compared with observations from BASE as simulated in large-eddy simulations by Kosovic and Curry, and observations from SHEBA.


Atmospheric boundary layerSpectral theoriesStable stratificationTurbulence

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