Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 245–257 | Cite as

A numerical simulation scheme for the albedo of city street canyons

  • Uwe Sievers
  • Wilford Zdunkowski


A numerical scheme is described for the calculation of effective albedo values of long city street canyons. The method is based on a generalization of the radiation model for inclined surfaces recently presented by Brühl and Zdunkowski (1983). Calculated albedo values are compared with Aida's (1982) experimentally determined results. It is found that experiment and theory are in reasonable and in some cases in excellent agreement. Additional results obtained by varying the geometry of the street canyon as well as the surface reflectivities are shown to demonstrate the versatility of the calculation scheme.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe Sievers
    • 1
  • Wilford Zdunkowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Meteorologie, Johannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzF.R.G.

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