Evidence for Nearly Complete Decoupling of Very Stable Nocturnal Boundary Layer Overland

Yu Xia, Franz Conen, Laszlo Haszpra, Zita Ferenczi, Wlodek Zahorowski

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Concentrations of 222Rn at 0.1 m and 6.5 m height above ground level and 222Rn flux density were measured during nights characterized by strong cooling, light winds and clear sky conditions in the Carpathian Basin in Hungary. A very stable boundary layer (vSBL) formed on 14 nights between 15 August and 3 September 2009. On 12 nights, an estimated 72% (s.d.20%) of 222Rn emitted from the surface since sunset was retained within the lowest 6.5 m above the ground until sunrise the following morning. On two nights an intermittent increase in wind speed at 9.4 m height was followed by a rise in temperature at 2.0 m height, indicating a larger atmospheric motion that resulted in 222Rn at 0.1 m around sunrise being the same as around the preceding sunset. It does not seem to be rare in a large continental basin for a vSBL to be nearly completely decoupled from the atmosphere above for the entire period from sunset to sunrise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011



  • Decoupling
  • Radon
  • Tracer experiment
  • Very stable nocturnal boundary layer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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