Special Issue "Land-Atmosphere Interaction in Micrometeorology and Pollution Dispersal"


A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Daniele Contini
Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Italian National Research Council, Str. Prv. Lecce-Monteroni km 1.2, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Phone: +39-0832-298919
Fax: +39 0832 298716
Interests: transport, dispersion and transformation of atmospheric pollutants; emission and deposition processes of gas and particles; identification and characterisation of aerosol sources; Planetary Boundary-Layer structure and micrometeorology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land-atmosphere interaction is a key-aspect in several atmospheric processes of the surface layer and, more generally, of the Planetary Boundary-Layer. This interaction determines the energy balance at the surface, which, in turn, influences turbulence, atmospheric stability, and surface-layer structure. There is nowadays a strong interest in the scientific community in the measurement and modeling of atmosphere-surface exchange, over different typologies of surfaces, of energy, tracers, and pollutants for studying both air quality implications and impact on climate in urban, coastal, and remote sites. The vertical exchange (flux) of water vapor is an essential part of the water balance in the biosphere. The determination of vertical net exchange of CO2 over forest and vegetated surfaces is extremely important in determining the CO2 concentration levels and trends at a global scale and has an important role in climate change scenarios. The net balance between pollutant emission and deposition in urban areas and its parameterization is a key-step in modeling and in the evaluation of the role of urban agglomerates and mega-cities on air quality, health, and climate.

Manuscripts on all aspects of land-atmosphere interactions are welcome for this special issue.

Dr. Daniele Contini
Guest Editor


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  • Micrometeorology
  • Surface-layer structure and turbulence
  • Emission and deposition processes
  • Vertical fluxes
  • Surface energy balance
  • Deposition velocity

Published Papers (8 papers)

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p. 1578-1589
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Atmosphere 2015, 6(10), 1578-1589; doi:10.3390/atmos6101578
Received: 6 August 2015 / Revised: 13 October 2015 / Accepted: 14 October 2015 / Published: 23 October 2015
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Atmosphere 2015, 6(9), 1271-1289; doi:10.3390/atmos6091271
Received: 4 June 2015 / Revised: 12 August 2015 / Accepted: 17 August 2015 / Published: 25 August 2015
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Atmosphere 2015, 6(8), 1032-1044; doi:10.3390/atmos6081032
Received: 20 December 2014 / Revised: 4 July 2015 / Accepted: 20 July 2015 / Published: 24 July 2015
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Atmosphere 2015, 6(7), 942-959; doi:10.3390/atmos6070942
Received: 30 March 2015 / Revised: 22 June 2015 / Accepted: 2 July 2015 / Published: 14 July 2015
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Atmosphere 2015, 6(6), 805-821; doi:10.3390/atmos6060805
Received: 23 February 2015 / Accepted: 27 May 2015 / Published: 10 June 2015
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Atmosphere 2015, 6(5), 650-676; doi:10.3390/atmos6050650
Received: 17 January 2015 / Accepted: 22 April 2015 / Published: 18 May 2015
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Atmosphere 2015, 6(3), 255-272; doi:10.3390/atmos6030255
Received: 5 November 2014 / Revised: 16 January 2015 / Accepted: 29 January 2015 / Published: 27 February 2015
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Atmosphere 2014, 5(4), 775-787; doi:10.3390/atmos5040775
Received: 3 September 2014 / Revised: 16 October 2014 / Accepted: 21 October 2014 / Published: 28 October 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Gravity Waves Characteristics over an Antarctic Ice Sheet during an Austral Summer
Daniela Cava1,*, Umberto Giostra2,† and Gabriel Katul 3,†
Affiliations: 1 Istituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e del Clima, ISAC-CNR, strada. prov. Lecce-Monteroni km 1.2, 73100 Lecce, Italy; E-Mail: d.cava@le.isac.cnr.it 2 Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0328, USA; E-Mail: gaby@duke.edu 3 Department of Basic Sciences (DiSBeF), Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Scientific Campus “Sogesta”, 61029 Urbino, Italy; E-Mail: umberto.giostra@uniurb.it
Abstract: Wave-like motions are a fundamental characteristic of the SBL dynamics on a wide variety of scales. Even if the influence of gravity waves on the atmospheric dynamics is being increasingly recognized, a detailed knowledge of the properties of such wavelike disturbances and of their modalities of interaction with turbulence is yet missing. In this work, the characteristics of gravity waves and their impact on turbulent statistics and fluxes have been studied by analyzing data collected on an Antarctic Ice sheet during an Austral Summer. Antarctica is an ideal location for studying the characteristics of the gravity waves for the persistent conditions of strong atmospheric stability in the lower troposphere. Periods interested by wavelike motions have been identified by analyzing time series measured by fast response instrumentation. The nature and characteristic periods of wavy motions have been investigated by Fourier co-spectral indicators. Moreover a multi-resolution decomposition has been applied in order to filter gravity waves from turbulent fluctuations in case of a defined spectral gap. Statistics computed after removing wavy disturbances highlight the importance to filter gravity waves to avoid overestimations in turbulent parameters and errors in turbulent flux calculations.

Title: Air Pollutants Reduction by Urban Trees: Comparison between the i-Tree and the EMEP Models
Authors: Michele Salviato1, Carlo Calfapietra2
Affiliations:1 University of Padova, Italy
National Research Council, Italy
Abstract: There is a growing interest to identify and quantify the benefits provided by the presence of trees in urban environment in order to improve the environmental quality in cities. However, the evaluation and estimate of plants efficiency in removing atmospheric pollutants is rather complicated, because of the high number of factors involved and the difficulty of estimating the effect of the interactions between the different components. In this study the i-Tree and the EMEP MSC-W models are tested and compared to identify the main strengths and weaknesses, with the intent to improve the estimates. These two models are internationally recognized as semi-empirical models designed for different applications, but with several common points that allow to share parts of the algorithm to estimate the deposition and to understand the main reasons of the reported divergences. The comparison shows a good agreement in the estimates and highlights how the methodology presented in this study may have significant opportunities for further developments.

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