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Numerical Simulation of the diurnal evolution of the Planetary Boundary Layer in the metropolitan region of São Paulo using LES: turbulent latent heat flux investigation

Grant number: 11/15066-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2013
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences - Meteorology
Principal Investigator:Amauri Pereira de Oliveira
Grantee:Rafael Lima Valença
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The goal of the project is to investigate the role of the latent heat flux on surface in the planetary boundary layer temporal and spatial evolution over the metropolitan region of São Paulo (MRSP), using LES ("Large Eddy Simulation"). It will be executed numerical simulations of the tridimensional fields of wind, potential temperature and specific humidity. The numerical simulations will be designed to represent the boundary layer evolution over an urban surface with flat topography and horizontally homogeneous landused, with similar characteristics as those of the MRSP. The data of wind and of other meteorologic parameters will be extracted from the observational studies of the metropolitan region of the city of São Paulo (Oliveira et al., 2002a-b, Oliveira et al, 2003; Karam et al., 2003, Codato et al., 2008a, Bárbaro et al., 2010).