Pollutant transport in coastal areas with and without background wind
- 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.