Title: Lagrangian simulations of the plume rise in strong capping inversion

Authors: Enrico Ferrero; Stefano Alessandrini; Domenico Anfossi

Addresses: Università del Piemonte Orientale, Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica, viale Teresa Michel 11, 15121 Alessandria, Italy ' NCAR, National Center for Atmospheric Research, 3450 Mitchell Ln, Boulder, CO 80301, Boulder, CO, USA ' ISAC-CNR, Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e del Clima, Corso Fiume 4, 10133 Torino, Italy

Abstract: We have performed new investigations applying our Lagrangian algorithm described by Alessandrini et al. (2013) to simulate the plume rise in a convective boundary layer capped by a strong inversion layer. We tested our model with the results of a water tank experiment (Weil et al., 2002). For each case, we compared the simulated and measured mean height, horizontal and vertical plume standard deviations and the entrapment (the fraction of the plume that remains captured above the temperature inversion layer located at the top of the boundary layer). The results show that the model is able to reproduce the main characteristics of the plume accurately.

Keywords: Lagrangian model; plume rise; entrapment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2017.089405

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2017 Vol.62 No.2/3/4, pp.184 - 199

Received: 22 Aug 2016
Accepted: 18 Jan 2017

Published online: 16 Jan 2018 *

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