Description of the course

The goal is that the student will develop a deepened understanding of the fundamental aspects of the planetary atmospheric boundary layer (PBL). The turbulent character of the PBL under various conditions and its effects on the transport of momentum, heat and gases and on the Earth's surface will be discussed. The course will include theory and turbulence modeling and well as techniques and analysis methods for boundary-layer measurements.

How is the course organized?

During this course we will meet nine times and each time we'll start in the morning with student presentations and discussion of select papers on a topic introduced the time before. Then we have lunch; together if you want to. After lunch is an introductory "lecture" by one of us on the topic for the next time. This is then repeated the time after, for the new topic and so on. Exceptions are the first time, when there's only the after-lunch (intro) lecture, and the last time, when there is only the paper discussion.

Let us stress that both sessions, before and after lunch, are extremely informal and the discussions together are an essential, maybe the most essential, part of the course!

Two practical exercises constitute the examination together with active participation in the discussions and paper presentations. One exercises is on analyzing field observations of turbulence and boundary-layer observations, and the other on boundary-layer modeling.


Start Nov 8th (week 45), lecture 10-12. Lectures every Thursday 10-14 (incl joint lunch) until week 4 2019. Recess week 51 until week 2.


Student presentations of papers, active participation in discussions and written reports of exercises.

Course Literature

Course literature will be the "Introduction to Boundary-Layer Meteorology" by Roland Stull and original papers.

Responsible teacher - contact

Gunilla Svensson