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Study of near-surface models for large-eddy simulations of a neutrally...

Senocak, I., A. S. Ackerman, M. P. Kirkpatrick, D. E. Stevens, and N. N. Mansour (2007), Study of near-surface models for large-eddy simulations of a neutrally stratified atmospheric boundary layer, Bound.-Lay. Meteorology, 124, 405-424, doi:10.1007/s10546-007-9181-x.

In large-eddy simulations (LES) of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), near surface models are often used to supplement subgrid-scale (SGS) turbulent stresses when a major fraction of the energetic scales within the surface layer cannot be resolved with the temporal and spatial resolution at hand. In this study, we investigate the performance of both dynamic and non-dynamic eddy viscosity models coupled with near-surface models in simulations of a neutrally stratified ABL. Two near-surface models that are commonly used in LES of the atmospheric boundary layer are considered. Additionally, a hybrid Reynolds averaged/LES eddy viscosity model is presented, which uses Prandtl’s mixing length model in the vicinity of the surface, and blends in with the dynamic Smagorinsky model away from the surface. Present simulations show that significant portions of the modelled turbulent stresses are generated by the near-surface models, and they play a dominant role in capturing the expected logarithmic wind profile.

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