Instability of the stable boundary layer?

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Abstract

Many observations of artic boundary layers and nighttime boundary layers in general show low temperatures and weak winds near the surface. These weak wind conditions coincide with extremely low intensities of turbulence. As a result, the upper part of the boundary seems to be de-coupled from the surface. Despite the omnipresence and importance of this decoupling phenomenon its physical background is not yet understood. This coupling therefore stands out as one of the key-problems in the modeling of the climate in cold regions on earth. The current study aims to explain and predict this decoupling phenomenon by applying the physical theory of linear stability analysis (LSA).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, 22-25 May 2006, San Diego, California
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherAmerican Meteorological Society
PagesJ4.8
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event17th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence -
Duration: 22 May 200625 May 2006

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Conference17th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence
Period22/05/0625/05/06

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van de Wiel, B. J. H., Moene, A. F., Steeneveld, G. J., & Holtslag, A. A. M. (2006). Instability of the stable boundary layer? In 17th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, 22-25 May 2006, San Diego, California (pp. J4.8). Boston: American Meteorological Society.