ATM S 547, Winter Quarter 2011

Boundary Layer Meteorology

Instructor: Professor Chris Bretherton
704 Atmospheric Sciences Bldg., 685-7414 (office hours 1:30-2:30 MW or by appointment)

Lectures: Tu 1-3, Th 1-2:20; ATG 406

Prerequisites: 505 (fluids) or permission of instructor

Recommended Text: The Atmospheric Boundary Layer, by J. R. Garratt, 1992, Cambridge University Press, 316 pp. (available at University Bookstore)

Course Description:

Turbulence and turbulent fluxes, averaging. Convection and shear instability. Monin-Obukhov similarity theory, surface roughness. Wind profiles. Organized large eddies. Convective and stably stratified boundary layers. Energy fluxes at ocean and land surfaces, diurnal cycle. Cloud-topped boundary layers. Measurement technologies. Boundary layer modelling and parameterization.


Lecture notes (pdf). I plan to update the notes as we go along, so you might not want to print them out more than a day in advance. The overall structure will not change, however.

Class Schedule Notes

We are making up lectures by extending the Tuesday classes until 3 pm.

HandoutStull, Ch. 10 Measurement and Simulation Techniques


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