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11: Atmospheric Boundary Layer

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    By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

    • draw the PBL and its diurnal variation
    • perform Reynolds averaging on an equation and derive an equation for the turbulent parts
    • explain kinematic fluxes
    • show vertical motion using eddy fluxes
    • explain turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) and its behavior
    • sketch the surface energy budget for different conditions

    Thumbnail: Eddies exist across the world’s oceans and can help fuel hurricanes. (Public Domain; NASA).

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