Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 169–189

A simple model of neutrally stratified boundary-layer flow over real terrain incorporating wavenumber-dependent scaling

  • P. A. Taylor
  • J. L. Walmsley
  • J. R. Salmon
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00121541

Cite this article as:
Taylor, P.A., Walmsley, J.L. & Salmon, J.R. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1983) 26: 169. doi:10.1007/BF00121541

Abstract

Our experience in applying earlier versions of a model of boundary-layer flow over low hills to real terrain (see Walmsley et al., 1982) has led to the development of a new version which we designate MS3DJH/3. The main improvements are the use of terrain-dependent length and velocity scales and the blending of inner and outer layer results into a single ‘universally valid’ solution for the velocity perturbation field. MS3DJH/3 was carefully calibrated against alternative computations of flow over idealized two-dimensional terrain features using more detailed models prior to its application to real, three-dimensional terrain. It still provides high spatial resolution with low computing cost and is applicable to flow over terrain features with horizontal scales from 10 m to 10 km.

Copyright information

© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Taylor
    • 1
  • J. L. Walmsley
    • 1
  • J. R. Salmon
    • 1
  1. 1.Boundary Layer Research DivisionAtmospheric Environment ServiceDownsviewCanada