Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 2, 89–100, 1995
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-2-89-1995
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 2, 89–100, 1995
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-2-89-1995

  30 Jun 1995

30 Jun 1995

Flux-gradient relationship for turbulent dispersion over complex terrain

F. Tampieri2, U. Giostra1,2, F. Trombetti1, D. Anfossi3, E. Ferrero4, and G. Tinarelli5 F. Tampieri et al.
  • 1Istituto FISBAT/CNR, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
  • 2Istituto ISIATA/CNR, Strada per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce, Italy
  • 3Istituto ICG/CNR, corso Fiume 4, 10133 Torino, Italy
  • 4Dip. Scienze e tec. Avanz., Universitá di Alessandria, Corso Borsalino 54, 15100 Alessandria, Italy
  • 5ENEL/CRAM, Servizio Ambiente, Via Rubattino 54, 20134 Milano, Italy

Abstract. The transfer of a passive tracer in inhomogeneous turbulent flow is investigated. Starting from Lumley's constitutive equation, we derived an expression for the ratio between the effective eddy diffusivity K and eddy diffusivity K as a function of three length scales characterizing the local turbulence structure, flux variations and turbulence inhomogeneities. The theoretical predictions for the one-dimensional case of inhomogeneous symmetric turbulence were validated through a comparison with the numerical results of a Lagrangian particle model simulating a wind tunnel experiment of dispersion in the lee of an idealized two-dimensional hill. A qualitative agreement is reached between the theoretical evaluation of K and the value obtained from the numerical simulation.