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Energy and the Environment, 1998

ISBN Print: 1-56700-127-0

STATISTICAL VARIATION OF ESTIMATED PBL HEIGHT FOR DHAHRAN, 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.
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