Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

, Volume 104, Issue 1–2, pp 103–111 | Cite as

Statistical analysis of boundary layer heights in a suburban environment

  • A. K. Georgoulias
  • D. K. PapanastasiouEmail author
  • D. Melas
  • V. Amiridis
  • G. Alexandri
Original Paper


The atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) is characterized by the turbulence eddies that transport heat, momentum, gaseous constituents and particulate matter from Earth’s surface to the atmosphere and vice versa. Thus, the determination of its height has a great importance in a wide range of applications like air quality forecasting and management. This study aims at estimating the height of the ABL in a suburban environment and at investigating its temporal variation and its relationship with meteorological variables, like temperature and wind. For this purpose, radiosonde data from the suburban area of Thessaloniki, Greece, are analyzed. The data analysis reveals that ABL height is usually below 200 m in the morning hours during all seasons of the year and that is also low when near-surface temperature and wind speed are low too. Additionally, noon ABL height exhibits a strong seasonal variation, reaching higher values during summer than during winter.Very high values of ABL height, of the order of ~3,000 m, are occasionally observed in Thessaloniki during summer. Moreover, sea breeze development during summer is related to a slight reduction of the ABL height.


Wind Speed Atmospheric Boundary Layer Height Class Radiosonde Data Atmospheric Boundary Layer Height 
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The authors wish to acknowledge the Hellenic National Meteorological Service for providing the radiosonde data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. K. Georgoulias
    • 1
  • D. K. Papanastasiou
    • 2
    Email author
  • D. Melas
    • 3
  • V. Amiridis
    • 4
  • G. Alexandri
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Atmospheric Pollution and Pollution Control Engineering of Atmospheric Pollutants, Department of Environmental EngineeringDemocritus University of ThraceXanthiGreece
  2. 2.Laboratory of Agricultural Engineering and Environment, Institute of Technology and Management of Agricultural EcosystemsCentre for Research and Technology, ThessalyVolosGreece
  3. 3.Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics, Department of Applied and Environmental Physics, School of Physics, Faculty of SciencesAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  4. 4.Institute for Space Applications and Remote SensingNational Observatory of AthensAthensGreece

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