Jordi Vila, Chiel van Heerwaarden, Bart van Stratum and Kees van den Dries from Wageningen University and the German Max Planck Institute for Meteorology have published a new book on atmospheric boundary layers. They also developed software that readers can use to study atmospheric boundary layers. This software is freely available. Book and software provide a lot of information on the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system.
Jordi Vila and colleagues have also developed an interactive model with a graphical user interface that readers can use to study all aspects of atmospheric boundary layers: the Chemistry Land-surface Atmosphere Soil Slab (CLASS) software. It is cross-platform and can be run on Windows, Linux and OS X platforms. It is freely available online via the book’s website. The combination of the book – which provides the essential theoretical concepts – and the CLASS software – which provides hand-on practical exercises and allows students to design their own new numerical experiments – will prove invaluable to learn about many aspects of the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system. The book has a modular and flexible structure allowing instructors and users to accommodate the book to their own learning outcome needs.