The Land Use tab provides a
simple and flexible way for AERMET to get the important information it needs on
the characteristics of the land surface that surrounds their meteorological
Many U.S. AERMET/AERMOD users are required to use the
AERSURFACE utility to automatically calculate the proper land use
characteristics for their site. AERMET 7 gives users the ability to directly
read in AERSURFACE output files – simply run AERSURFACE via its straightforward
question-and-answer format and then point AERMET 7 to the location of your
output file. Everything else is handled by program.
AERMET Custom Land Use Calculator
AERMET 7 provides another simple method for providing land use
information through its custom surface characteristics calculator. Rather than
worrying about Bowen ratios and albedo values, simply provide basic information
on the area surrounding your site (e.g. forest to the north, open fields to the
south) and let AERMET do all of the hard calculations for you.
Use Your Own Method
users who have their own preferred methods for calculating land use
characteristics, AERMET 7 accommodates you too: a simple spreadsheet interface
allows you to do your own calculations outside of AERMET and then copy surface
roughness, Bowen ratio, and albedo values directly in to AERMET 7.