The boundary layer is our home and is the layer above the earth surface with about 1km depth. Most transport and mixing processes of heat, momentum in addition to water vapour and pollutant take place in this layer. It is therefore of crucial importance to study and understand the dynamical processes involved.
The boundary layer course deals with dynamical processes involved in the atmospheric and oceanic boundary layer. The course presents the turbulent nature of the atmosphere/ocean in the boundary layer, which acts to mix and transport heat and momentum, water vapour and pollutant. The course equip the students with the required knowledge to solve problems related to transport and mixing in the boundary layer.
The course is composed of a mixture of theory and practical. The practical is composed of two lab sessions. one relating to onsite measurements and the other relates to numerical modelling. The course therefore enables students to measure turbulent quantities in the boundary layer and also to engage in using computer models to analyse boundary layer turbulence.
The course opens the possibility to students to work with research groups working on the boundary layer in universities or forecasting centres. It also gives them a unique opportunity to work with organization and companies working on pollution and air quality.
Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, 30 ECTS, alternativly Meteorology I 15 ECTS and Meteorology II 7,5 ECTS. Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 or equivalent. Information about entry requirements on universityadmissions.se
After the course, the student is expected to be able to:
- discuss the effect of turbulence on weather and climate
- explain how the stability affects turbulence
- explain Reynold's equation and summarise the closure problem
- apply similarity theory on boundary layer problems