Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 150, Issue 3, pp 515–523 | Cite as

Observational Support for the Stability Dependence of the Bulk Richardson Number Across the Stable Boundary Layer

  • S. Basu
  • A. A. M. Holtslag
  • L. Caporaso
  • A. Riccio
  • G.-J. Steeneveld
Research Note


The bulk Richardson number (\(Ri_{Bh}\); defined over the entire stable boundary layer) is commonly utilized in observational and modelling studies for the estimation of the boundary-layer height. Traditionally, \(Ri_{Bh}\) is assumed to be a quasi-universal constant. Recently, based on large-eddy simulation and wind-tunnel data, a stability-dependent relationship has been proposed for \(Ri_{Bh}\). In this study, we analyze extensive observational data from several field campaigns and provide further support for this newly proposed relationship.


Boundary-layer height Stable boundary layer Turbulence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Basu
    • 1
  • A. A. M. Holtslag
    • 2
  • L. Caporaso
    • 3
  • A. Riccio
    • 4
  • G.-J. Steeneveld
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric SciencesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Meteorology and Air Quality SectionWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.ICTPTriesteItaly
  4. 4.Department of Applied ScienceUniversity of Naples ‘Parthenope’NaplesItaly

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