Consistent Boundary-Condition Treatment for Computation of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Using the Explicit Algebraic Reynolds-Stress Model

Authors: Želi, V.Z., Brethouwer, G.B., Wallin, S.W., Johansson, A.V.J.
Document Type: Article
Pubstate: Published
Journal: Boundary-Layer Meteorology
Volume: 171   53-77
Year: 2019


Standard turbulence models for the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) typically use boundary conditions based on the Monin–Obukhov similarity theory (MOST). This can lead to inconsistency between the boundary condition and the closure model. Here, we propose a new boundary-condition treatment of the stratified ABL, derived for the so-called explicit algebraic Reynolds-stress model. The boundary conditions correspond to the relations for vanishing buoyancy effects that are valid close to the ground. The solution for the stratified surface layer is in agreement with the surface scaling physics and MOST functions. This was validated in a simulation of an idealized diurnal cycle of the ABL based on the second Global Energy and Water cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Atmospheric Boundary Layer Study (GABLS2) case.