Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 157, Issue 2, pp 321–332 | Cite as

Capturing Cold-Air Flow Using Thermal Imaging

  • A. Martina GrudzielanekEmail author
  • Jan Cermak
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We present a thermal imaging field design for climatological studies with an application to microscale cold-air flow analysis. Measurements of microclimatic processes are often limited by a lack of spatial coherence and consequently incomplete information on spatial and temporal patterns in the airflow. We introduce and evaluate an approach for investigating cold-air flow using an infrared camera pointed at a custom-built projection screen. A statistical analysis of a cold-air-flow case study is presented that explores the potential and limitations of the proposed technique. Results indicate good compatibility with traditional methods, while spatial coherence in measurements is achieved. A few examples of additional information obtained from the thermal camera analysis are presented, including analyses of cold-air-flow characteristics.


Atmospheric surface layer Cold-air flow Infrared imagery Surface temperatures 



The authors would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for advice and encouragement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany

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