Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 141, Issue 3, pp 369–391 | Cite as

Convective Boundary-Layer Entrainment: Short Review and Progress using Doppler Lidar

  • K. Träumner
  • Ch. Kottmeier
  • U. Corsmeier
  • A. Wieser


The entrainment of air from the free atmosphere into the convective boundary layer is reviewed and further investigated using observations from a 2 μm Doppler lidar. It is possible to observe different individual processes entraining air into the turbulent layer, which develop with varying stability of the free atmosphere. These different processes are attended by different entrainment-zone thicknesses and entrainment velocities. Four classes of entrainment parametrizations, which describe relationships between the fundamental parameters of the process, are examined. Existing relationships between entrainment-zone thickness and entrainment velocity are basically confirmed using as scaling parameters boundary-layer height and convective velocity. An increase in the correlation coefficient between stability parameters based on the stratification of the free atmosphere and entrainment velocity (and entrainment-zone thickness respectively) up to 200% was possible using more suitable length and velocity scales.


Convective boundary layer Doppler lidar Entrainment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Träumner
    • 1
  • Ch. Kottmeier
    • 1
  • U. Corsmeier
    • 1
  • A. Wieser
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate ResearchEggenstein-LeopoldshafenGermany

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