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Energy and the Environment, 1999

ISSN:
1-56700-127-0 (Print)

STATISTICAL VARIATION OF ESTIMATED PBL HEIGHT FOR DHAHRAN, SAUDI ARABIA

S. Rehman
Metrology, Standards, & Materials Division, The Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

A. Aksakal
The Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

In this paper, the heights of PBL are estimated during daytime (12:00 UTZ) and nighttime (00:00 UTZ) or equivalently 14:00 and 02:00 LST respectively, for a coastal location, Dhahran, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia using the potential temperature profiles. These profiles are obtained from radiosonde launches for a period of six years between 1986 and 1991. The monthly average values of PBL height show a seasonal variation during daytime. These variations in PBL height have a great impact on wireless communication, radar performance, and quality of air. Moreover, a prior information on the seasonal trend of this important parameter can be used for site selection of industries, power plants, desalination plants, etc.