Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 125, Issue 2, pp 193–205

Similarity theory and calculation of turbulent fluxes at the surface for the stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10546-007-9187-4

Cite this article as:
Zilitinkevich, S.S. & Esau, I.N. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (2007) 125: 193. doi:10.1007/s10546-007-9187-4

Abstract

In this paper we revise the similarity theory for the stably stratified atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), formulate analytical approximations for the wind velocity and potential temperature profiles over the entire ABL, validate them against large-eddy simulation and observational data, and develop an improved surface flux calculation technique for use in operational models.

Keywords

Monin–Obukhov similarity theoryPlanetary boundary layerPrandtl numberRichardson numberStable stratificationSurface fluxes in atmospheric modelsSurface layer

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© Springer Science+Business Media, B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre/Bjerknes Centre for Climate ResearchBergenNorway
  3. 3.Finnish Meteorological InstituteHelsinkiFinland