Boundary Layer Meteorology Research
at North Carolina State University

Research


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.
  • For more information see the MURI website: https://sites.google.com/site/deepturbulencemuri/.

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 

Scintillometry

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

Misc

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