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ISRN Meteorology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 786592, 7 pages
Research Article

A Sensitivity Study on the Soil Parameter-Boundary Layer Height Interrelationship

1Department of Meteorology, Eötvös Loránd University, Pázmány P. setany 1/A, 1117 Budapest, Hungary
2Hungarian Meteorological Service, Vitorlás utca 17, 8600 Siófok, Hungary
3Marcell György Observatory, Hungarian Meteorological Service, P.O. Box 39, 1675 Budapest, Hungary
4Research Institute for Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Herman Ottó u. 15., 1022 Budapest, Hungary

Received 5 March 2012; Accepted 2 April 2012

Academic Editors: L. E. Venegas, D.-Y. Wang, and C. Zerefos

Copyright © 2012 Hajnalka Breuer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Simulations with the WRF model have been carried out with high resolution soil data to analyze its effect on planetary boundary layer (PBL) development. The default soil texture distribution of 5′ horizontal resolution has been replaced with a 30′′ one on the basis of the Digital Kreybig Soil Information System and Hungarian Agrogeological Database in Hungary. Soil parameter values determined from HUNSODA and MARTHA Hungarian soil databases were also compared. Comparison of PBL height simulations and measurements obtained by radiometer and windprofiler shows that the impact of soil parameter differences on PBL height evolution is not negligible. The latent heat flux and PBL height daytime courses show significant ( 𝑃 < 0 . 0 1 ) differences over more than 50% of the model domain covering the Carpathian basin.