Elevated residual layers and their influence on surface boundary- layer evolution

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ERLs may form frequently in regions near mountains where terrain gradients exist. A simple slab mixed-layer model is used to examine how idealized ERL potential temperature profiles influence surface boundary-layer development. In addition, several regionally generated ERLs were observed over Phoenix, Arizona, during the southwest Area Monsoon Project. These ERLs appear to have produced a change from moistening to entrainment-drying surface boundary-layer regimes. Results suggest that the creation and evolution of ERLs may be important aspects of surface boundary-layer development in regions near and downstream of elevated terrain. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2284-2293
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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