Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 38, Issue 1–2, pp 185–202 | Cite as

Interaction between soil hydrology and boundary-layer development

  • H.-L. Pan
  • L. Mahrt


A two-layer model of soil hydrology and thermodynamics is combined with a one-dimensional model of the planetary boundary layer to study various interactions between evolution of the boundary layer and soil moisture transport. Boundary-layer moistening through surface evaporation reduces the potential and actual surface evaporation as well as the boundary-layer growth. With more advanced stages of soil drying, the restricted surface evaporation allows greater sensible heat flux which enhances boundary-layer growth and entrainment drying.

Special individual cases are studied where the wind speed is strong, solar radiation is reduced, transpiration is important, the soil is thin, or the soil is covered with organic debris.


Radiation Evaporation Heat Flux Wind Speed Soil Moisture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-L. Pan
    • 1
  • L. Mahrt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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