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Atmospheric Boundary Layer Flows: Their Structure and Measurement

By: JC Kaimal and JJ Finnigan

304 pages, 145 line illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Mar 1994 | #32461 | ISBN: 0195062396
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Boundary layer meteorology is the study of the physical processes that take place in the layer of air that is most influenced by the earth's underlying surface. This text gives an uncomplicated view of the structure of the boundary layer, the instruments available for measuring its mean and turbulent properties, how best to make the measurements, and ways to process and analyse the data. The main applications of the book are in atmospheric modelling, wind engineering, air pollution, and agricultural meteorology. The authors have pioneered research on atmospheric turbulence and flow, and are noted for their contributions to the study of the boundary layer. This important work will interest atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, and students and faculty in these fields.

"Kaimal has an impressive background in measuring the structure of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL)....Finnigan also brings a wealth of experience in measuring atmospheric boundary-layer flow....A practically oriented book with the experimentalist in mind. It is well written and gives a valuable overview of the structure of the ABL. Its major strengths are its depth of coverage of flow over canopies, over changing terrain and over hills, and the helpful advice in experimental design and data processing. I highly recommend it..." --Australian Meteorological Magazine
"Kaimal and Finnigan present a thorough discussion of both the measurement and mathematical description of the atmosphere's lowest layers. They cover instrumental response time needed for meaningful data particularly well....Should encourage new interest among upper-division undergraduates, for whom this book is recommended." --Choice
"Provides the reader with a good basic knowledge of the structure of simple t


1. Flow over flat uniform terrain; 2. Spectra and cospectra over flat uniform terrain; 3. Flow over plant canopies; 4. Flow over changing terrain; 5. Flow over hills; 6. Sensors and techniques for observing the boundary layer; 7. Acquisition and processing of boundary layer data; Index

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