Special Issue "Flow Dynamics in the Stable Planetary Boundary Layer"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosphere/Hydrosphere/Land - Atmosphere Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Luca Mortarini

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR), Torino, Italy
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
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Interests: stable boundary layer; submeso; meandering; gravity waves; turbulence collapse; turbulence recovery; wave–turbulence interaction; intermittency; Lagrangian modeling
Guest Editor
Dr. Daniela Cava

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR), Torino, Italy
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Interests: very stable boundary layer; submeso; meandering; gravity waves; turbulence collapse; turbulence recovery; wave–turbulence interaction; intermittency; wavelet analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Understanding and predicting the dynamic of the stable boundary layer is of paramount importance for the PBL community.

The stable boundary layer is an intricate pattern of turbulent and non-turbulent motions on different scales. The balance of the turbulent kinetic energy production and buoyancy destruction drive the transition between turbulent and non-turbulent states in which a wide range of phenomena, known as the submeso motions, interact, giving rise to intermittent turbulent episodes. In cases of very stable stratification, pollutants are trapped near the ground, strongly affecting air quality. Further, the very stable boundary layer is always associated with low-wind speed episodes, which are important for wind power assessment. Unfortunately, our understanding is still limited, and atmospheric and dispersion models poorly perform in the VSBL because submeso motions are not correctly resolved. The vertical decoupling of the boundary layer complicates the parameterization of the turbulent fluxes with the Monin–Obukhov similarity theory.

This Special Issue aims to address the following topics: Submeso–turbulence interaction, the transition between a weakly and very stable boundary layer, the role of radiation and clouds in triggering the VSBL, and the original parameterization of the VSBL dynamics.

Dr. Luca Mortarini
Dr. Daniela Cava
Guest Editor

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  • Very stable boundary layer
  • Submeso
  • Meandering
  • Low-wind speed
  • Turbulence collapse
  • Intermittency

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