Boundary Layer Meteorology Research
at North Carolina State University


My group's ongoing research attempts to tackle various boundary layer turbulence and practical problems (e.g., wind energy, optical wave propagation) using a combination of innovative approaches, such as state-of-the-art numerical simulations (e.g., large eddy simulations, WRF modeling), field measurements (e.g., scintillometry), flow-visualizations and theoretical developments. Most of our research integrates ideas from a variety of disciplines such as micrometeorology, turbulence theory, computational fluid dynamics, numerical weather prediction, and dynamical systems.  

Ongoing Research Activities

Wind Energy

  • Wind resource assessment using the WRF and WAsP models
  • Short-term forecasting of wind energy using mesoscale and neural net models
  • Design of wind turbines against fatigue failure

Optical Turbulence

  • Atmospheric refractivity simulation and forecasting using the WRF model.
  • Atmospheric refractivity anomalies induced by mesoscale von Karman vortex streets and their impact on optical wave propagation.
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Mesoscale Modeling

  • Low-level jet simulations using the WRF model
  • Antarctic boundary layer modeling 

Large-Eddy Simulation

  • GABLS3 LES intercomparison study
  • Development of new dynamic LES closure schemes 


  • Understanding transitional boundary layers using small-aperture scintillometer
  • Estimation of evapotranspiration  


  • Detection of bursting events in stable boundary layers
  • Understanding runaway cooling problem in numerical models