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Aerodynamic roughness variation with vegetation: analysis in a suburban neighbourhood and a city park

Kent, C. W., Lee, K., Ward, H. C., Hong, J. W., Hong, J., Gatey, D. and Grimmond, S. ORCID: (2018) Aerodynamic roughness variation with vegetation: analysis in a suburban neighbourhood and a city park. Urban Ecosystems, 21 (2). pp. 227-243. ISSN 1083-8155

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Local aerodynamic roughness parameters (zero-plane displacement, zd, and aerodynamic roughness length, z0) are determined for an urban park and a suburban neighbourhood with a new morphometric parameterisation that includes vegetation. Inter-seasonal analysis at the urban park demonstrates zd determined with two anemometric methods is responsive to vegetation state and is 1 – 4 m greater during leaf-on periods. The seasonal change and directional variability in the magnitude of zd is reproduced by the morphometric methods, which also indicate z0 can be more than halved during leaf-on periods. In the suburban neighbourhood during leaf-on, the anemometric and morphometric methods have similar directional variability for both zd and z0. Wind speeds at approximately 3 times the average roughness-element height are estimated most accurately when using a morphometric method which considers roughness-element height variability. Inclusion of vegetation in the morphometric parameterisation improves wind speed estimation in all cases. Results indicate that the influence of both vegetation and roughness-element height variability are important for accurate determination of local aerodynamic parameters and the associated wind-speed estimation.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:73657


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