MAQ-32306 Boundary-layer Processes


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. J Vilà-Guerau de Arellano
Lecturer(s)dr. J Vilà-Guerau de Arellano
R Stoffer
Examiner(s)dr. J Vilà-Guerau de Arellano

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAQ-21806 Meteorology and Climate; HWM-23806 Geophysical Fluid Mechanics.

Continuation courses:

MAQ-31806 Atmospheric Modelling.


The aim of the course is to provide the student with a detailed description and quantification of the main features of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL). This turbulent layer is influenced by surface conditions and the free atmospheric conditions. The atmospheric turbulent characteristics are studied under different stratification regimes: unstable, neutral and stable. These regimes are explained by analysing the distribution and the evolution of the turbulent kinetic energy. The dispersion of pollutants are also studied. During the course, the main tools to analyse the ABL: observational and numerical modelling data, statistical and spectral methods, are used to reveal the characteristics and structure of the ABL.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- discuss and explain the majority of issues related to the atmospheric boundary layer;
- describe the fundamental processes of flow disturbed by a canopy and boundary layer processes related to atmospheric chemistry;
- apply the general theory of the atmospheric boundary layer in order to start research projects on boundary layer processes.


- active participation in lectures;
- performing all exercises.


Written exam.


Syllabus containing pen and paper exercises and questions.
Roland B. Stull (1988). An Intruduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology. Springer, 1988. ISBN-10: 9027727694.

Keuze voor: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc2MO
MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScB: Spec. B - Meteorology and Air Quality2MO