Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 43, Issue 1–2, pp 43–63 | Cite as

Turbulence structure of a tropical forest

  • R. T. Pinker
  • J. Z. Holland


A detailed analysis is presented of the horizontal wind fluctuations with periods 20 s to 1 hr, and their vertical structure as measured with light three-cup anemometers in a tropical forest environment. Information collected during the TREND (Tropical Environmental Data) experiment in a monsoon dominated region, was utilized. A special attempt was made to extract information relevant for dispersion modeling. Variability parameters within and above the forest canopy under different stability conditions were derived. A similar analysis was performed for a nearby clearing, to facilitate comparison between relatively smooth and rough surfaces, under identical ambient conditions. A limited sample of data (7 days) was utilized, initially, to develop a methodology to be later applied on a comprehensive data base, spanning the whole monsoon cycle.


Wind Speed Tropical Forest Forest Canopy Global Solar Radiation Vertical Temperature Gradient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. T. Pinker
    • 1
  • J. Z. Holland
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MeteorologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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