New Things

1) Acta Geophysica - Special Issue, 4, 2007: "Recent Topics in Boundary-Layer Meteorology",

2) The text-book "Structure of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer" is being revised and will be republished within few months!

3) New weather photographs




Acta Geophysica - General Information



Acta Geophysica is an international journal co-published quarterly by Versita and Springer-Verlag, and distributed by Springer Science + Bussiness Media, Inc. The journal publishes papers in all fields of general and applied geophysics. This broad scope is generally divided into five groups: Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology, Space Sciences, and Applied Geophysics. Acta Geophysica is open to all kinds of manuscripts including research and review articles, short communications, comments, letters to the Editor, and book reviews. Some of the issues are fully devoted to particular topics.

Instructions for authors are listed at: Authors can upload manuscripts via EDItool at Sample issues of Acta Geophysica can be found at:

There are no page charges for articles with black and white figures. Color figures are ca. $100 per page. All editorial questions can be addressed to the Chief Editor: Stan Lasocki: or

We are currently preparing a special issue, entitled "Recent Topics in the Boundary-Layer Meteorology":


1. Wayne M. Angevine: "Transitional, entraining, cloudy, and coastal boundary layers"

2. Ben Balsley, "The CIRES thethered lifting system: a survey of the system, past accomplishments and future capabilities"

3. Robert M. Banta, Y.L. Pichugina, W.A. Brewer, R.M Hardesty: "Stable boundary layer regimes from the perspective of the low-level jet"

4. Sukanta Basu. A.M.Holtslag, B.J.H. Van de Wiel,, A.F. Moene, and G.J.Steeneveld: "An inconventional 'truth' about using the sensible heat flux as a surfae boundary condition in models under stably stratified regimes"

5. Joan Cuxart: "Nocturnal basin low-level jets: an integrated study"

6. Andrey A. Grachev, E. L Andreas, C. W. Fairall, P. S. Guest, and P. O. G. Persson: "Turbulent measurements in the stable atmospheric boundary layer during SHEBA: 10 years after"

7. Evgenii Fedorovich, "Effects of wind shear on the convective entrainment"

8 David Pino, and J.Vila: "A review on the entrainment heat flux representations: from purely convective to near neutral conditions"

19. Zbigniew Sorbjan: "Gradient-based similarity in the atmospheric boundary layer"

10. Mathias Rotach: "Turbulence characteristics and exchange meachanisms in highly complex terrain"

11. Dean Vickers, Larry Mahrt, and Danijel Belusic: Particle simulatios of dispersion using observed meandering and turbulence


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"Structure of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer" - the second edition








     1.1  General Remarks
    1.2  Historical Notes

2  BASIC EQUATIONS                                 

    2.1  Continuity Equation
    2.2  Navier-Stokes Equations
    2.3  Equation of State
    2.4  First Law of Thermodynamics
    2.5  Vorticity Equation
    2.6  Simplification of  Basic Equations
    2.7  Averaging Procedures
    2.8  Further Simplifications

3  ANALYSIS OF TURBULENCE                                     

    3.1  Laminar and Turbulent Flows                
    3.2  Linear Instability Analysis 
    3.3  Buoyancy Waves and Turbulence 
    3.4  Turbulence and "Chaos"                
    3.5  Statistical Analysis
    3.6  Scales of Turbulent Flows     
    3.7  Equations of Higher Moments
           3.7.1  One-point moment equations
           3.7.2  Closing of moment equation 
    3.8  Higher-Order Closures 
           3.8.1  Momentum flux equations
           3.8.2  Heat flux equation
           3.8.3  Temperature variance equation
    3.9  Empirical Budgets of Fluxes and Variances 
           3.8.1  Turbulent kinetic energy
           3.8.2  Heat flux
           3.8.3  Momentum flux 
           3.8.4  Scalar variances and covariances
 4  SIMILARITY THEORIES                                    

    4.1 Dimensional Analysis and Similarity
    4.2  Surface Layer Similarity
            4.2.1  Theoretical Foundation
            4.2.2  Evaluation of similarity Functions
            4.2.3  Applications
    4.3  Similarity in the Stable Boundary Layer
            4.3.1  Flux-based similarity
            4.3.2  Gradient-based similarities                             
    4.4  Similarity in the Convective Boundary Layer 
            4.4.1  Similarity in the mixed layer      
            4.4.2  Similarity in the interfacial layer 

5  SPECTRAL ANALYSIS                                 

     5.1  General Considerations
     5.2  Energy Spectra
     5.3  Cross Spectra
     5.4  Spatial Spectra
     5.5  Spectral Curve Fitting
     5.6  Observed Spectra and Cospectra
            5.6.1 Surface layer
            5.6.2 Mixed layer
            5.6.3 Stable boundary layer
6  MODELING                         

     6.1  General Remarks
     6.2  Bulk Models
     6.3  K-Theory Models
            6.3.1  Ekman model   
            6.3.2  Effects of baroclinicity 
            6.3.3  Effects of inclined terrain                                                            
            6.3.4  Stratified surface layer 
            6.3.5  Steady-state stable boundary layer   
            6.3.6  Effects of non-stationarity     
            6.3.7  Convective boundary layer  
     6.4  Higher-Order Closures         
7  LARGE-EDDY SIMULATIONS                   

     7.1  Introduction
     7.2  Theoretical Background
            7.2.1  Basic equations
            7.2.2  Physical processes
            7.2.3  Numerical scheme
     7.3  Boundary Layer Simulations
            7.3.1  Free convection
            7.3.2  Forced convection
            7.3.3  Transitory daily convection
            7.3.4  Neutral boundary layer
            7.3.5  Stable boundary layer
            7.3.6  Stratus-topped boundary layer
            7.3.7  Cumulus-topped boundary layer


     8.1  Introduction
     8.2  Random-Walk Diffusion
     8.3  Statistical Theory of Diffusion
     8.4  K-theory Models
     8.5  Gaussian Models
     8.6  Laboratory Experiments
     8.7  Higher-Order Closure Models
     8.8  Large-Eddy Simulations
9   MEASUREMENTS                                        

     9.1  Introduction
     9.2  Sensors
            9.2.1  Wind sensors
            9.2.2  Temperature sensors
            9.2.3  Humidity sensors
            9.2.4  Measurements of concentration
            9.2.5  Static and dynamic characteristics of sensors
     9.3  Platforms
            9.3.1  Aircrafts
            9.3.2  Balloons and kites
     9.4  Remote Ground-Based Observing Systems
            9.4.1  Radars
            9.4.2  Lidars
            9.4.3  Sodars
     9.5  Major Field Experiments
            9.5.1  1953 Great Plains Experiment
            9.5.2  1967 Wangara Experiment
            9.5.3  1968 Kansas Experiment
            9.5.4  1973 Minnesota Experiment
            9.5.5  CASES-99 Experiment
            9.5.6  HATS Field Program
            9.5.7. Other Field Programs  



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