prof. dr. hab. Zbigniew Sorbjan

Atmospheric Physics Department

Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences
Księcia Janusza 64, 01-452 Warsaw, POLAND

tel. +48 22 6915 867, e-mail: sorbjan@igf.edu.pl


Degrees:

  • M.Sc. Degree in Technical Meteorology and Hydrology from Warsaw Polytechnical University in Poland,
  • Ph.D. Degree in Technical Meteorology from Warsaw Polytechnical University in Poland,
  • D.Sc. Degree (Scientiæ Doctorate - dr hab.) in Meteorology from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland

Titles:

  • "Professor of the Geophysical Sciences" (granted for life by the President of the Polish Republic).

Research areas:

  • Geophysical Fluid Mechanics,
  • Large-Eddy Simulations in the Atmospheres on the Earth and Mars,
  • Similarity Theories,
  • Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Meteorology.

Teaching assignments:

  • Warsaw Polytechnical University, Warsaw, Poland,
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington,
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
  • University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma,
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana,
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Awards:

  • The 1998 "Battan Award" of the American Meteorological Society for a book "Hands-on Meteorology"

Publications:

Scientific and popular books on meteorology (see the list below), published in English, Polish, and Japanese; over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Service:

  • Associate Editor of "Acta Geophysica" (current),
  • A member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the series "Publications of the Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences" (current),
  • A member of the Scientific Board (Rada Naukowa) at the Institute of Meteorology and Water Menagement (IMGW), Warsaw (2003-2007).

 

The latest publications:

  • Sorbjan, Z., 2017: Assesment of explicit and implicit similarity functions in stable boundary layer based on large-eddy simulation. Boundary-Layer Meteorol., in print.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2016: Similarity scaling systems for stably stratified turbulent flows. Q. J. R. Meteorol Soc. 142, 805-810.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2016: Similarity of stably stratified geophysical flows. Chapter 21. In: Aviation Turbulence: Processes, Measurement, Detection, Prediction. Eds.:R. D. Sharman and T. P. Lane, Spinger, 425-439.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2014: Modelling of the evolving stable boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorol. 151, 407-428.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2014: Gradient-based similarity in the stable atmospheric boundary layer. In: Achievements, History and Challenges in Geophysics. GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences 2014, Springer, pp 351-375.
  • Sorbjan, Z., and A. Czerwinska, 2013: Statistics of turbulence in the stable boundary layer affected by gravity waves, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 148, 73-91.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2013: Modelling of the evolving stable boundary layer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 1-22, doi: 10.1007/s10546-013-9893-z.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2012: The height correction of the gradient-based and flux-based similarity functions in the stable boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorol., 142, 21-31.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2012: A study of the Stable Boundary Layer based on a single columnK-theory model, Boundary-Layer Meteorol., 142, 33-53.

 

Books:

  • Sorbjan, Z. Introduction to Numerical Weather Prediction , Warsaw Polytechical University Press, 1975 (in Polish).
  • Sorbjan, Z. Turbulence and Diffusion in the Lower Atmosphere PWN, Warsaw, 1983 (in Polish).
  • Sorbjan, Z. Structure of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer. Prentice-Hall, 1989
  • Sorbjan, Z. Hands-on-Meteorology. American Meteorological Society, Project "Atmosphere", 1996, -translated into Japanese (2001) and Polish (2001).
  • Sorbjan, Z. Pogoda dla koneserow (in Polish, English title: Weather for Connoisseurs). Wydawnictwo_Meteor, 2004.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2004: Air-pollution Meteorology. Chapter 4 in: Air Quality Modeling, Theories, Methodologies, Computational Techniques, and Available Databases and Software. vol. I, Ed. P. Zannetti.The EnviroComp Institute.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2005: Large-eddy simulations of the atmospheric boundary layer. Chapter 5B in: Air Quality Modeling, Theories, Methodologies, Computational Techniques, and Available Databases and Software. vol. II, Ed. P. Zannetti. The EnviroComp Institute.
  • Sorbjan, Z., Recent Advances in the Similarity Theory of the Stable Boundary Layer. Chapter in: Air Quality Modeling, Theories, Methodologies, Computational Techniques, and Available Databases and Software. vol. IV, Ed. P. Zannetti. The EnviroComp Institute, 2010.

  • Sorbjan, Z., 2013: Similarity theory, In: Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, 2nd Ed, A.-H. El-Shaarawi and W. Piegorsch (Eds), John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester, UK, 110-112, doi: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn127, published online 1/15/2013.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 2013: Atmospheric Boundary Layer, In: Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, 2nd Ed, A.-H. El-Shaarawi and W. Piegorsch (Eds), John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2457-2460, doi: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn126, published online 1/15/2013.

Selected publications:

  • Sorbjan, Z. and M Uliasz, 1982: Some numerical urban boundary layer studies. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 22, 251-255.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1983: Rossby-number similarity in the atmospheric boundary layer over a slightly inclined terrain. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 40 (3), 718-728.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1983: Effects of baroclinicity on resistance laws for atmospheric boundary layer over a slightly inclined terrain. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 40 (3), 729-737.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1983: A model study of the stably statified steady-state atmospheric boundary layer over a slightly inclined terrain. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 41, 1864-1874.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1986: On similarity in the atmospheric boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 34, 377-397.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1986: On vertical distribution of passive species in the atmospheric boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 35, 73-81.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1986: Local similarity of spectral and cospectral characteristics in the stable- continuous boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 35, 257-275.
  • Sorbjan, Z, Y. Kodama and G. Wendler., 1986: Observational study of the atmospheric boundary layer over Antarctica. Journal of Climatology and Applied Meteorology, 25, 641-651.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1987: An examination of the local similarity theory in the stably-stratified boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 38, 63-71.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1987: Comments on scaling the atmospheric boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 38, 411-413.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1988: Structure of the stably-stratified boundary layer during the Sesame-1979 experiment. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 44, 255-260.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1988: Similarity in the convective boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 45, 237-250.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1989: Local similarity functions derived from the second-order moment equations in the convective boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 46, 1-11.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1989: On temperature spectrum in the convective boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 47,195-204.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1989: Comments on velocity spectra in the stable boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 48, 203-204.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1989, Similarity scales and universal profiles of statistical moments in the convective boundary layer. J. Appl. Met., 29, 762-779.
  • Sorbjan, Z., R. Coulter and M. L. Wesely: 1991, Sodar observations of the convective boundary layer during the FIFE-1987 experiment. Boundary-Layer Meteorology , 56, 33-50.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1991: Evaluation of local similarity functions in the convective boundary layer. J. Appl. Met., 30, 1565-1583.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1991: Monin-Obukhov similarity for scalar quantities revisited. J. Atm. Sci., 50, 3677-3679
  • Angevine, W. R. Doviak, and Z. Sorbjan, 1994: Vertical velocity variance and surface virtual heat flux measurements with a boundary layer profiler/RASS. J. Appl. Meteor, 33, 977-983.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1995: Toward evaluation of heat fluxes in the convective boundary layer. J. Appl.Meteor., 34, 5, 1092-1098.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1996: Reply. J. Appl.Meteor., 35, 8, 1374-1377.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1996: Numerical study of penetrative and "solid-lid" non-penetrative convective boundary layers. J. Atmos. Sci., 53, 101-112.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1996: Joint effects of subgrid-scale diffusion and truncation errors in large-eddy simulations of the convective boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 79, 181-189.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1996: Effects caused by varying strength of the capping inversion based on a large-eddy simulation of the shear-free convective boundary layer. J. Atmos. Sci., 53, 2015-2024.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1997: Comments on Convective Transport Theory. J. Atmos. Sci., 54, 576-578.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1997: Self-similar structure of the planetary boundary layer. In: The PBL and its Parameterization. The 1995 ASP Summer Colloquium. Boulder, Colorado. Ed. C.-H. Moeng.
  • Sorbjan, Z., 1997: Decay of convective turbulence revisited. Bound.-Layer Meteor., 82, 501-515
  • Sorbjan, Z. and M. Uliasz, 1999: Large eddy simulation of air pollution in the nocturnal cloud-topped atmospheric boundary layer. Bound.-Layer Meteor., 91, 145-157.
  • Sorbjan, Z. 1999: Similarity of scalar fields in the convective boundary layer. J. Atmos. Sci. 56, 7, 2212-2221.
  • Margolin L.G., P. Smolarkiewicz, and Z. Sorbjan, 1999: Large eddy simulation of convective boundary layers using nonoscillatory differencing. Physica D 133 (1999) 390-397.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2001: An evaluation of local similarity on the top of the mixed layer based on large-eddy simulations. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 101, 183-207.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2004: Large-eddy simulations of the baroclinic boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 112, 57-80.
  • Zurn-Birkhimer, S.M, E.M.Agee, and Sorbjan Z., 2005: Convective structure in a cold air outbrak over Lake Michigan during Lake-ICE. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 62, 2414-2432.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2005: Statistics of scalar fields in the atmospheric boundary layer based on large-eddy simulations. Part I: Free convection. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 116, 3, 467 - 486.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2005: Statistics of scalar fields in the atmospheric boundary layer based on large-eddy simulations. Part II: Forced convection. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 119 4, 467 - 486.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2006: Local structure of turbulence in stably-stratified boundary layers. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences , 63, 5, 526­1537.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2006: Comments on "Flux-gradient relationship, self-correlation and intermittency in the stable boundary layer". Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, April 2006, Part B, No. 617, 132, 1371-1373
  • Sorbjan Z., 2007: Statistics of shallow convection on Mars based on large-eddy simulations. Part 1: Windless conditions. Boundary-Layer Meteorology,123,1,121-142.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2007: Statistics of shallow convection on Mars based on large-eddy simulations. Part 2: Effects of wind. Boundary-Layer Meteorology,123,1,143-157.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2007: Numerical study of daily transitions in the atmospheric boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology. Boundary-Layer Meteorology. In Press.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2007: Numerical study of daily transitions in the atmospheric boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology. 123, 365-383.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2008: Gradient-based similarity in the atmospheric boundary layer. Acta Geophysica, 56, 1, 220-233.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2008: Local scales of turbulence in the stable boundary layer boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 127, 2, 261-271.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2008, Toward parameterization of the convective boundary layer in weather and climate models. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 129, 2, 179-321.
  • Sorbjan Z.and B.B. Balsley, 2008: Microstructure of turbulence in the nocturnal boundary layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology,129, 191-210.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2009: Improving non-local parameterization of the convective boundary layer. Boundar-Layer Meteorology, 130, 57-69.
  • Sorbjan Z., M. Wolff, and M.D.Smith, 2009: The thermal structure of the boundary layer on Mars based on Mini-TES observations. Q.J.R.Met.Soc. 135, 644, 1776-1787.
  • Sorbjan Z., M. Wolff, and M.D.Smith, 2009: The thermal structure of the boundary layer on Mars based on Mini-TES observations. Q.J.R.Met.Soc. 135, 644, 1776-1787.
  • Sorbjan Z., and A.A. Grachev, 2010: An Evaluation of the Flux-Gradient Relationship in the Stable Boundary Layer. Bound-Layer Meteor., 135:385-405.
  • Sorbjan Z., 2010: Gradient-based scales and similarity laws in the stable boundary layer. Q.J.Roy.Met.Soc.,136, 12-43-1254.

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