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Heat storage. Conservation of energy requires that incoming energy balances outgoing energy plus a change in storage. To relate changes in heat content with temperature, we use: Δ Q S / Δ z = C s Δ T / Δ t.

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Heat storage
Heat storage

  • Conservation of energy requires that incoming energy balances outgoing energy plus a change in storage.

  • To relate changes in heat content with temperature, we use:

  • ΔQS / Δz = CsΔT/ Δt.

  • where the term on the lhs denotes the heat flux density change in layer Δz, and the term on the rhs represents the heat capacity times the heating rate.

  • If we use as an example Qin= 100 W m-2 and Qout= 10 W m-2, and a layer thickness Δz = 0.5 m of dry clay, we then obtain:

  • ΔT/ Δt = 90 J m-2 s-1 / {(0.5 m)(1.42 × 106 J m-3 K-1)}

  • then, ΔT/ Δt = 1.27 × 106 K s-1 = 0.46 K h-1



Layers in the lower atmosphere
Layers in the Lower Atmosphere

  • Laminar boundary layer


Laminar boundary layer
Laminar Boundary Layer

  • This skin is only a few mm thick and adheres to all surfaces.

  • In this layer, the motion is laminar, i.e. streamlines are continuously parallel to the surface.

  • Thus adjacent layers of the fluid remain distinct and do not intermix.

  • In addition, there is no convection such that transfers of heat, water, etc. are by conduction.




  • 100 W m thick, a sensible heat flux -2 = (20.5 × 10-6 m2 s-1) ×

    (0.0012 × 106 J m-3 K-1) ×ΔT/0.003 m

  • solving for ΔT yields:

  • ΔT = {(100 W m-2)(0.003 m )}/ {(20.5

    m2 s-1)(0.0012 J m-3 K-1)} = 0.3/0.0246 K = 12.2 K

  • Thus very large temperature gradients exist in the laminar boundary layer.



Roughness layer
Roughness Layer similar:

  • The surface roughness causes complex 3D flows, including eddies and vortices, that are dependent on the details of the surface.

  • Exchanges of heat, mass and momentum and related climatic characteristics are difficult to express in this zone, but generalized features can be established.


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Turbulent surface layer
Turbulent Surface Layer Back Lunch

  • The TSL is above the roughness layer where small scale turbulence dominates and vertical fluxes are approximately constant (“constant flux layer”) - about 10% of the PBL depth.

  • Processes of transfer are turbulent, not molecular, in this layer.

  • However, we can write a flux gradient transfer equation that is analogous to conduction, by replacing the K's with “eddy diffusivities”.

  • These are not simple constants, but vary with time and space (if they were constant, turbulent would be a solved problem and weather forecasting would be nearly perfect!).

  • The eddy diffusivities vary with the size of the eddies, that tend to increase with height above the surface.


  • Values of Back LunchK increase from about 10-5 m2

    s-1 near the laminar boundary layer to as large as 102 m2 s-1 higher up in the PBL (that equates to 7 orders of magnitude!).

  • Since the flux is approximately constant but that the diffusivities increase with height, the related climatic property (wind, temperature, humidity) has a curved (logarithmic) shape with a decreasing gradient away from the surface.


Oke (1987) Back Lunch


  • In an analogy with the soil, the greatest temperature range is near the surface and decreases away from it and there is a time lag between surface and air temperatures.

  • However it is less than for soil because turbulent transfers are more efficient than conduction at moving heat around.

  • [see Oke, p. 51].


Stability
Stability is near the surface and decreases away from it and there is a time lag between surface and air temperatures.

  • A dominant process in the lower atmosphere is convection, and a major control on the amount of convection is the vertical temperature structure (stability).

  • To look at stability, consider a discrete “parcel” of air that does not exchange any heat with the air around it as it moves (“adiabatic motion”).

  • If you move the parcel up it will encounter lower pressure because the mass of air above it becomes progressively less dense.

  • As it encounters lower pressure it will tend to expand to make its internal pressure match that of its environment, but the expansion requires both work and energy.


  • Since the only available energy is in the form of heat, the rising parcel will cool.

  • In unsaturated air the parcel cools at the constant rate of 9.8 × 10-3 oC m-1 called the “Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate” (DALR).

  • On the other hand, a parcel moving downward will warm at the DALR.

  • If a parcel is saturated, some water vapour will condense as it rises, thus releasing latent heat and reducing the rate of cooling.


  • In this case, the parcel of air will cool at the “Saturated Adiabatic Lapse Rate” (SALR) that has an approximate value of 6.0 × 10-3 oC m-1.

  • The actual temperature profile of the atmosphere (not the DALR!) is called the Environmental Lapse Rate (ELR).

  • When considering stability, it is useful to use “potential temperature” (θ) instead of temperature.


  • Potential temperature is the temperature that a parcel would have if it were moved adiabatically to 1000 hPa.

  • This is like correcting the observed temperature to allow for Γ (DALR) and effectively rotates T curves by Γ.

  • If θ is used rather than T, analysis of stability is simplified

    θ = T + Γ z


Oke (1987) have if it were moved adiabatically to 1000 hPa.


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