David Fitzjarrald

Boundary layer meteorology; local wind systems; observations of forest-atmosphere interactions; tropical meteorology

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David R. Fitzjarrald
Research Associate

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center




B. Sc. in Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana [1965-1969]; High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa.
M. Sc. in Meteorology, University of California, Los Angeles [1972-1974].
Ph. D. in Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville [1975-1980].

Research Interests

Boundary layer meteorology; local wind systems; observations of forest-atmosphere interactions; tropical meteorology

Classes Taught: ATM 528, ATM 628, ATM 737   


Selected publications

Acevedo, O. C., R. da Silva, D. R. Fitzjarrald, O. L. L. Moraes, R. K. Sakai, and M. J. Czikowsky (2008) Nocturnal vertical CO2 accumulation in two Amazonian ecosystems J. Geophys. Res. 113, G00B04.

Acevedo, O. C., and Fitzjarrald, D. R. (2001). The early evening surface-layer transition: Temporal and spatial variability. J Atmos. Sci. 58 (17), 2650-2667.

Angelini, I. M., M. Garstang, R. E. Davis, B. Hayden, D. R. Fitzjarrald, D. R. Legates, S. Greco, S. Macko, and V. Connors (2011). On the coupling between vegetation and the atmosphere. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 1–19.

Czikowsky, M. J., and D. R. Fitzjarrald (2009) Detecting rainfall interception in an Amazonian rain forest with eddy flux measurements. Journal of Hydrology, 377, 92-105.

Fitzjarrald, D. R., Acevedo, O. C., and Moore, K. E. (2001). Climatic consequences of leaf presence in the Eastern United States. J. Climate, 14(4), 598-614.

Fitzjarrald, D. R., and K. E. Moore (1994). Growing season boundary layer climate and surface exchanges in a subarctic lichen woodland. J. of Geophys. Res., 99, 1899–1917.

Fitzjarrald, D. R., R. K. Sakai, O. L. L. Moraes, R. Cosme de Oliveira, O. C. Acevedo, M. J. Czikowsky, and T. Beldini (2008). Spatial and temporal rainfall variability near the Amazon-Tapajós confluence, J. Geophys. Res., 114(G1).

Medeiros, L. E., and D. R. Fitzjarrald. "Stable boundary layer in complex terrain. Part I: Linking fluxes and intermittency to an average stability index." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 53, no. 9 (2014): 2196-2215.

Medeiros, L. E., and D. R. Fitzjarrald. "Stable Boundary Layer in Complex Terrain. Part II: Geometrical and Sheltering Effects on Mixing." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54, no. 1 (2015): 170-188.

Oliveira, A. P., and D. R. Fitzjarrald (1993). The Amazon River breeze and the local boundary layer: I. Observations. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 63, 141–162.

Restrepo-Coupe, N., H. R. da Rocha, L. R. Hutyra, A., C. da Araujo, L. S. Borma, B. Christoffersen, O. M. R. Cabral, P. B. de Camargo, F. L. Cardoso, A. C. Lola da Costa, D. R. Fitzjarrald, M. L. Goulden, B. Kruijt, J. M. F. Maia, Y.S. Malhi,,A. O. Manzi, S. D. Miller, A. D. Nobre, C. von Randow, L. D. Abreu Sá, R. K. Sakai, J. Tota, S. C. Wofsy, F. B. Zanchi, and S. R. Saleska, (2013) What drives the seasonality of photosynthesis across the Amazon basin? A cross-site analysis of eddy flux tower measurements from the Brasil flux network, accepted for the LBA-DMIP special issue at Agric. Forest Meteor.

Tóta, J., D. R. Fitzjarrald and M. A.F. da Silva Dias (2012) Exchange of Carbon Between the Atmosphere and the Tropical Amazon Rainforest, Ch. 16 in Tropical Forests, ed. P. Sudarshana, M. Nageswara-Rao and J. R. Soneji, Intech, ISBN 978-953-51-0255-7 (cdn.intechopen.com).

dos Santos, A. B., J. Tóta, M. A. L. Moura, R. A. S. de Santana, A. M. D. de Andrade, R. G. Carneiro, and D. R. Fitzjarrald, 2013. Dinâmica do Escoamento de Ar Acima e Dentro de uma Floresta Tropical Densa sobre Terreno Complexo na Amazônia (Dynamics of Airflow Above and Within a Tropical Rainforest Canopy Dense in the Complex Terrain on Amazonia), Rev. Bras. Geogr. Física, 6(2), 309–319.