651-4053-05L  Boundary Layer Meteorology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersM. Rotach, P. Calanca
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-4053-05 GBoundary Layer Meteorology3 hrs
Fri08:15-10:00CAB G 51 »
12:15-13:00CAB G 61 »
17.11.08:15-10:00CHN F 46 »
12:15-13:00CHN F 46 »
M. Rotach, P. Calanca

Catalogue data

AbstractThe Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) constitutes the lower part of the atmosphere, is characterized by turbulent mixing and ensures the exchange of energy, mass and momentum between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere. The course provides the theoretical background for understanding the structure and dynamics of the PBL. Idealized concepts are reviewed and contrasted to real world applications.
ObjectiveStudents are able to:
- Name the basic approaches needed to describe planetary boundary layer flows and associated turbulent exchange processes.
- Apply these concepts to answer comprehension questions and solve simple problems related to the structure and dynamics of the PBL.
- Independently judge the applicability of learned concepts and tools to real-world situations.
Content- Introduction
- PBL structure and stability
- Turbulence and turbulent transport
- Scaling and similarity theory
- Spectral characteristics
- Conservation equations in a turbulent flow
- Closure problem and closure assumptions
- Rough surfaces and the roughness sublayer
- Complex terrain
Lecture notesavailable (i.e. in English)
Literature- Stull, R.B.: 1988, "An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology", (Kluwer), 666 pp.
- Panofsky, H. A. and Dutton, J.A.: 1984, "Atmospheric Turbulence, Models and Methods for Engineering Applications", (J. Wiley), 397 pp.
- Kaimal JC and Finningan JJ: 1994, Atmospheric Boundary Layer Flows, Oxford University Press, 289 pp.
- Wyngaard JC: 2010, Turbulence in the Atmosphere, Cambridge University Press, 393pp.
Prerequisites / NoticeUmwelt-Fluiddynamik (701-0479-00L) (environment fluid dynamics) or equivalent and basic knowledge in atmospheric science
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersM. Rotach, P. Calanca
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationLernelemente: Werden vier Übungen erfolgreich gelöst, so wird ein Bonus von 0.25 Notenpunkten erteilt (Erhöhung der Gesamtnote um 0.25 Notenpunkte).
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

No public learning materials available.
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

Offered in

Physics MasterSelection: Environmental PhysicsWInformation
Computational Science and Engineering BachelorAdditional Electives from the Fields of Specialization (CSE Master)WInformation
Computational Science and Engineering MasterPhysics of the AtmosphereWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterWeather Systems and Atmospheric DynamicsWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterHydrology and Water CycleZInformation