Special Issue "Modeling of Turbulent Processes in the Atmospheric Surface Layer"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Meteorology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (9 October 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Björn Maronga
Guest Editor
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology, University in Hanover, 30167 Hannover, Germany
Interests: microscale modeling; radiation fog; small-scale turbulence; surface interactions; urban microscale modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The lowest part of the atmospheric boundary layer is commonly referred to as the surface layer and has been intensely studied for more than 50 years. The surface layer structure is strongly related to stratification, which can range from unstable, neutral, and weakly stable to strongly stable. During daytime, processes are usually turbulent, while during nighttime strong stability may reduce or even inhibit turbulent and lead to intermittent or laminar flows. Over the last few decades, much progress has been made in understanding the (turbulent) structure of the surface layer and its interaction with surface. Monin-Obukhov Similarity Theory (MOST), for instance, was developed more than 50 years ago, but is the only widely accepted framework to describe the structure of the surface layer and is still used today in most atmospheric models to describe the exchange of energy near the surface. Over the years, microscale modeling and micrometeorological field experiments have revealed, however, that a better understanding of the near-surface boundary layer is needed, particularly in stable conditions and in the presence of surface heterogeneities.

This Special Issue in Atmosphere invites contributions that showcase the most recent progress in surface-layer meteorology in order to improve our basic understanding and to help developing new parameterizations in atmospheric models.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Turbulence resolving simulations of the surface layer
  • Similarity theory (and beyond)
  • Shallow stable boundary layers
  • Intermittent turbulence and flow laminarization
  • New measurement techniques to probe and characterize the surface layer
  • Interactions between atmosphere, vegetation, soil, and artificial materials
  • Parameterization of surface-layer processes in atmospheric models
  • Turbulent exchange in the urban canopy layer
  • Effects of surface heterogeneity on near-surface dynamics

Dr. Björn Maronga
Guest Editor

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  • Small-scale turbulence
  • Surface interactions
  • Surface-layer dynamics
  • Similarity theory
  • Microscale modeling
  • Surface heterogeneities
  • Urban canopy layer

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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