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Conceptual Boundary Layer Meteorology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128170922

Conceptual Boundary Layer Meteorology

1st Edition

The Air Near Here

Editors: April Hiscox Alexandria McCombs
Paperback ISBN: 9780128170922
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2021
Page Count: 550
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Conceptual Boundary Layer Meteorology: The Air Near Here explains essential boundary layer concepts in a way that is accessible to a wide number of people studying and working in the environmental sciences. It begins with chapters designed to present the language of the boundary layer and the key concepts of mass, momentum exchanges, and the role of turbulence. The book then moves to focusing on specific environments, uses, and problems facing science with respect to the boundary layer.

Key Features

  • Uses authentic examples to give readers the ability to utilize real world data
  • Covers boundary layer meteorology without requiring knowledge of advanced mathematics
  • Provides a set of tools that can be used by the reader to better understand land-air interactions
  • Provides specific applications for a wide spectrum of environmental systems


Advanced undergraduates, graduate students or practitioners in environmental science, ecology, environmental management, air pollution, and environmental compliance who need an understanding of the physics of air flows without possessing a background in Calculus IV or Differential Equations

Table of Contents

1. What is the Boundary Layer
2. Flux
3. Convective Boundary Layers
4. Nocturnal Boundary Layer
5. Spatial Patterns and Scales
6. Measurement Techniques
7. Hydrology and the Boundary Layer
8. The Carbon Cycle and the Boundary Layer
9. Vegetative Environments
10. Flow in Complex Environments
11. Urban Boundary Layer
12. Transport and Tracking
13. Energy
14. Climate Change


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About the Editors

April Hiscox

April Hiscox is an associate professor of geography at the University of South Carolina. She has been working in boundary layer meteorology, remote sensing and air pollution for 15 years. Her research specialization is in stable boundary layers, with a particular focus on forest and agricultural applications. Her work is at the forefront of new measurement techniques, particularly in the realm of deriving quantitative information from lidar measurements. She has been teaching micrometeorology courses for 8 years at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Alexandria McCombs

Alexandria G. McCombs is a postdoctoral researcher of geography at the University of South Carolina. She studies processes for linking mesoscale and microscale agricultural and forested environments using satellite remote sensing and surface observations. Her specialization is in quantitative methods for synthesizing of boundary layer observations from satellite, surface, and flux footprints to micro- to meso- spatial and temporal scales. She spent 7 years as a quality assurance meteorologist for an operational mesoscale observing network, which allowed her to gain significant experience in the practical implications of understanding the land air interface. She teaches courses in meteorology, physical geography, and human-environment interactions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Postdoctoral Researcher in Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

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