Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 125, Issue 2, pp 193–205 | Cite as

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

Original Paper


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.


Monin–Obukhov similarity theory Planetary boundary layer Prandtl number Richardson number Stable stratification Surface fluxes in atmospheric models Surface layer 


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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

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