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Atmospheric Boundary Layer

Physical Processes

  1. Zbigniew Sorbjan1,2

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn127

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Sorbjan, Z. 2013. Atmospheric Boundary Layer. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.

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  1. 1

    Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA

  2. 2

    Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

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  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


The chapter reviews basic characteristics of the atmospheric boundary layer. It briefly describes atmospheric turbulence and the vertical structure of the boundary layer during the day and at night.


  • atmospheric boundary layer;
  • atmospheric turbulence;
  • mixed layer;
  • nocturnal boundary layer;
  • planetary boundary layer;
  • surface layer;
  • thermal stratifica