Publication, A universal wind profile for the inversion-capped neutral atmospheric boundary layer

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Kelly, Mark, Roberto Alessio Cersosimo, and Jacob Berg. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, (January 2019).

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As wind turbines grow, better characterisation of the wind beyond the atmospheric surface layer is needed. A new paper derives an equation for the wind speed profile of the inversion-capped atmospheric boundary layer (the 'conditionally neutral' ABL) by application of the Buckingham Pi theorem and data from 17 highly resolved Large-Eddy Simulations. Compared to classic similarity theory, the new approach includes the temperature inversion that caps ABL and the Coriolis force and arrives at an equation that, compared to LES, exhibits small wind speed errors for most of the ABL.


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