CLAT : Atmospheric boundary layer

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    In brief

  • Code : NEHS2A



  • Become familiar with the basic concepts of writing and modeling the atmospheric boundary layer.
  • To be able to identify the essential elements from the reading of scientific documents in a perspective of practical applications.
  • Master the basic analytical developments allowing a physical understanding of the studied phenomena.
  • Appropriate the subject by the realization of projects.


Educational principles:

  • Self-learning from a body of resources
  • Realization of a project with homework and BE
  • Link between knowledge and business applications

Three axes of reading:

  • Limit layer in the neutral case: Ekmann spiral, logarithmic law
  • Waves and thermal instabilities: waves of relief, convection
  • Modeling of turbulence: TKE closures, Monin-Obukov

Pedagogy by project:

  • A document synthesis from two articles
  • A calculation code to develop with results production
  • A written report combining knowledge and application case


[1] R. Stull, An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology, Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library, Springer 1988.


[2] R. E. Britter and S. R. Hanna, Flow and dispersion in urban areas, Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. (2003) 35 :46996


[3] J. Finnigan, Turbulence in plant canopies, Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. (2000) 32 :51957


THUAL Olivier

Phone : 2945

Email : Olivier.Thual @


The National Institute of Electrical engineering, Electronics, Computer science,Fluid mechanics & Telecommunications and Networks

2, rue Charles Camichel - BP 7122
31071 Toulouse Cedex 7, France

+33 (0)5 34 32 20 00


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