Direct Testing of a Three-Dimensional Model of the Planetary Boundary Layer Against Experimental Data

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Abstract

Results from a detailed three-dimensional model of the atmospheric boundary layer are compared with observational data in a case of nonprecipitating convection in a tropical boundary layer. The model is a slightly improved version of the one developed by Sommeria (1976) in collaboration with J.W. Deardorff. The experimental data come from the NCAR 1972 Puerto Rico experiment which provided a good set of aircraft turbulence measurements in the fair weather mixed layer over the tropical ocean. The comparison involves statistical properties of the turbulent field as well as some structural features in the presence of small clouds.

Abstract

Results from a detailed three-dimensional model of the atmospheric boundary layer are compared with observational data in a case of nonprecipitating convection in a tropical boundary layer. The model is a slightly improved version of the one developed by Sommeria (1976) in collaboration with J.W. Deardorff. The experimental data come from the NCAR 1972 Puerto Rico experiment which provided a good set of aircraft turbulence measurements in the fair weather mixed layer over the tropical ocean. The comparison involves statistical properties of the turbulent field as well as some structural features in the presence of small clouds.

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