Turbulence and Micrometeorology

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1ME405

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1N, Physics A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 13 October 2022
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits including 35 credits in mathematics, 35 credits in physics, and Atmospheric and Climate Physics, 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the atmospheric boundary layer, both over land and sea
  • apply the equations of motions on the atmospheric boundary layer
  • understand and quantify transport of momentum, heat and moisture to the atmosphere
  • describe how measurements in the boundary and surface layer are conducted
  • in a physically relevant way analyse measurements from the surface layer
  • describe processes at the mesoscale that are connected to the boundary layer, stratification and terrain


The atmospheric boundary layer. The surface layer. The Ekman layer. Basic turbulence theory. K-theory. Monin-Obukhov theory. Free convection. Resistance. Internal boundary layer. The logarithmic wind law. Measurements from the boundary and surface layer, profile and turbulence measurements. Bowen ratio. Spectral analysis. Heat flux, latent heat flux and momentum flux. Low level jet. Thermal circulations e.g. sea breeze. The influence the terrain on the wind field. Deep convection. Internal boundary layers. Waves in the atmosphere caused by the terrain and wind shear.


In the first part (boundary layer meteorology and turbulence) the teaching is given using the case method, mixing cases with lectures. In the second part (processes at the mesoscale connected to the boundary layer) the teaching is given using lectures and practical assignment with written and oral presentations.


Written examination (boundary-layer meteorology and turbulence, 10 ECTS) and home assignment (mesoscale meteorology, 4 ECTS). To pass requires approves practical assignment with homeassignment and presentation ( 1 ECTS).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.