Inclusion of a Drag Approach in the Town Energy Balance (TEB) Scheme: offline 1-D Evaluation in a Street Canyon
Earth and related Environmental sciences
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The Town Energy Balance module bridges the micro- and mesoscale and simulates local-scale urban surface energy balance for use in mesoscale meteorological models. Previous offline evaluations show that this urban module is able to simulate in good behavior road, wall, and roof temperatures and to correctly partition radiation forcing into turbulent and storage heat fluxes. However, to improve prediction of the meteorological fields inside the street canyon, a new version has been developed, following the methodology described in a companion paper by Masson and Seity. It resolves the surface boundary layer inside and above urban canopy by introducing a drag force approach to account for the vertical effects of buildings. This new version is tested offline, with one-dimensional simulation, in a street canyon using atmospheric and radiation data recorded at the top of a 30-m-high tower as the upper boundary conditions. Results are compared with simulations using the original single-layer version of the Town Energy Balance module on one hand and with measurements within and above a street canyon on the other hand. Measurements were obtained during the intensive observation period of the Basel Urban Boundary Layer Experiment. Results show that this new version produces profiles of wind speed, friction velocity, turbulent kinetic energy, turbulent heat flux, and potential temperature that are more consistent with observations than with the single-layer version. Furthermore, this new version can still be easily coupled to mesoscale meteorological models.
CitationHamdi, R.; Masson, V. (2008). Inclusion of a Drag Approach in the Town Energy Balance (TEB) Scheme: offline 1-D Evaluation in a Street Canyon. , Issue Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology-Vol 47, p.2627-2644, IRM,