Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Ann. Geophys., 15, 476–486, 1997
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-997-0476-5
Ann. Geophys., 15, 476–486, 1997
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00585-997-0476-5

  30 Apr 1997

30 Apr 1997

Pollutant transport in coastal areas with and without background wind

J. Camps1, J. Massons1, M. R. Soler2, and E. C. Nickerson3 J. Camps et al.
  • 1Applied Physics Laboratory, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona. Spain
  • 2Department of Astronomy and Meteorology, Universitat Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 3Forecast Systems Laboratory, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Abstract. A three-dimensional meteorological model and a Lagrangian particle dispersion model are used to study the effects of a uniform large-scale wind on the dispersion of a non-reactive pollutant in a coastal region with complex terrain. Simulations are carried out both with and without a background wind. A comparison between model results and measured data (wind and pollutant concentrations) indicates that the coupled model system provides a useful mechanism for analyzing pollutant dispersion in coastal regions.

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