New Evaluation Product Estimates Planetary Boundary Layer Height
PBLHTSONDE implements three different methods for estimating PBL height. Two methods are based on gradients in the potential temperature profile, while a third method is based on the profile of the bulk Richardson number. The differences between the estimates from the various methods can be considered a partial estimate of the uncertainty in the PBL height values. One of the methods also classifies the PBL into regimes (stable, convective, or neutral). Both detailed files for each radiosonde launch and yearly files containing a time series of PBL height over the year are produced.
Evaluation data have been produced for 2001–2011 at the ARM Southern Great Plains site, including radiosondes launched at supplemental sites for the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) during April–June 2011. Evaluation data have also been produced for the ARM Mobile Facility (AMF) deployment at Gan Island (2011–2012). Further details of the PBLHTSONDE procedure can be found in the draft technical report included in the data directory. Currently, PBLHTSONDE is in an evaluation period, and any comments or suggestions are welcome.