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Turbulence and Dispersion in the Planetary Boundary Layer


Part of the Physics of Earth and Space Environments book series (EARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Francesco Tampieri
    Pages 1-15
  3. Francesco Tampieri
    Pages 17-49
  4. Francesco Tampieri
    Pages 117-153
  5. Francesco Tampieri
    Pages 155-189
  6. Francesco Tampieri
    Pages 191-211
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-241

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive review of our current understanding of the planetary boundary layer, particularly the turbulent exchanges of momentum, heat and passive scalars between the surface of the Earth and the atmosphere.
It presents and discusses the observations and the theory of the turbulent boundary layer, both for homogeneous and more realistic heterogeneous surface conditions, as well as the dispersion of tracers. Lastly it addresses the main problems arising due to turbulence in weather, climate and atmospheric composition numerical models.
Written for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate-level students and atmospheric researchers, it is also of interest to anyone wanting to understand the findings and obtain an update on problems that have yet to be solved.


Atmospheric Turbulence Convective Boundary Layer Large Eddy Simulations Stable Boundary Layer Urban Boundary Layer Atmospheric dispersion Canopy layer Reynolds averaged equations Internal boundary layer Turbulent dispersion Canopy flow Obukhov length Numerical weather prediction Monin Obukhov similarity theory Passive scalars

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CNR ISACBolognaItaly

About the authors

Francesco Tampieri is director of research of CNR in Italy. His main research interest is in environmental science, with special attention to fluid dynamics and atmospheric physics. In particular his activity concerns theoretical, modelling and experimental studies on the atmospheric boundary layer, on turbulence and on transport and dispersion. He published more than 60 papers on international referred journals and is member of the Editorial Board of the ERCOFTAC Bulletin and of Boundary Layer Meteorology. During his career he was visiting researcher at the Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge (UK) and at the ECMWF (European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts), Reading (UK). He has also been director of the Istituto per lo studio delle Metodologie Geofisiche Ambientali of CNR and of the Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e dell'Oceano of CNR. He gave courses and lectures in Italian Universities and in International Schools, in particular since 2001 he gives a course on "Planetary boundary layer and dispersion processes' at the Science Faculty, Bologna University. 

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