Questions tagged [planetary-boundary-layer]

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Horizontal momentum flux in the surface layer

Given the question below, how would the kinematic momentum flux be at the surface layer? For letter a, why would it be that way (positive, negative, or 0)?
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Recommendations for books on boundary layer Meteorology?

Does anybody have any recommendations on books tackling Boundary layer Meteorology? I've seen the book by Roland Stull and Arya, but are there any other more updated ones that are as good as these two?...
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Is there a conceptual diurnal model for ozone profile?

So i know that there are diurnal patterns for virtual potential temperature that can be described conceptually (such as $\frac{\partial \theta_v}{\partial z}\approx 0$ in the mixed layer and $\frac{\...
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Is it less windy in a valley than on a hill?

Assume we have a mountain landscape without trees. Would it be less windy in a valley than on a hill, or would the wind just be the same? Or in other words, which of the two images below describe ...
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What timescales do eddies operate at in the planetary boundary layer?

What are the largest eddies within the planetary boundary layer? What timescales do the operate on? Edit: I'm talking about atmospheric eddies over land. So, eddies that are measured in [eddy ...
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SST and air temperature differences

I'm trying to understand what causes the sea-surface temperature (in the open ocean and coastal areas) and the air temperature immediately above it to be different. I know very little about the ...
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Wind profile below the aerodynamic roughness length

The vertical profile of horizontal windspeed is often given by the so-called "log-law": $$u(z)=(u^*/k)\ln(z/z_0),\ \mathrm{for}\ z>z_0,$$ which can be found here. As can be seen from the ...
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What is the difference between roughness length and zero plane displacement?

Both roughness length $z_0$ and zero plane displacement $d$ seemed to be defined as the height above the ground at which wind speed theoretically becomes zero. But wind speed is also supposed to go to ...
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Does within-canopy wind direction correlate with wind above the planetary bounday layer?

Wind above the planetary boundary layer (PBL) tends to be fairly smooth and constant over short periods of time. Below the planetary boundary layer, the smoothness is broken by eddies caused by ...