Formulation of the Dutch Atmospheric Large-Eddy Simulation (DALES) and overview of its applications

T. Heus, C.C. van Heerwaarden, H.J.J. Jonker, A.P. Siebesma, S. Axelsen, C.L.A.M. van den Dries, O. Geoffroy, A.F. Moene, D. Pino, S.R. de Roode, J. Vilà-Guerau de Arellano

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The current version of the Dutch Atmospheric Large-Eddy Simulation (DALES) is presented. DALES is a large-eddy simulation code designed for studies of the physics of the atmospheric boundary layer, including convective and stable boundary layers as well as cloudy boundary layers. In addition, DALES can be used for studies of more specific cases, such as flow over sloping or heterogeneous terrain, and dispersion of inert and chemically active species. This paper contains an extensive description of the physical and numerical formulation of the code, and gives an overview of its applications and accomplishments in recent years
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-444
JournalGeoscientific Model Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • convective boundary-layer
  • shallow cumulus convection
  • characteristic length scales
  • topped mixed layers
  • liquid water path
  • aircraft observations
  • marine stratocumulus
  • radiative-transfer
  • simple parameterization
  • turbulent dispersion

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