Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 20, 257–266, 2013

Special issue: Nonlinear dynamics of the coastal zone

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 20, 257–266, 2013

Research article 26 Apr 2013

Research article | 26 Apr 2013

Modeling of the near-field distribution of pollutants coming from a coastal outfall

T. P. Lyubimova1, B. Roux2, S. Luo2, Y. N. Parshakova1, and N. S. Shumilova1 T. P. Lyubimova et al.
  • 1Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics Ural Branch of RAS, Perm, Russia
  • 2M2P2, UMR 7340, CNRS Aix-Marseille University and Ecole Centrale, Marseille, France

Abstract. The present study concerns the 3-D distribution of pollutants emitted from a coastal outfall in the presence of strong sea currents. The problem is solved using the nonlinear Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes equations in the framework of the k-ε model. The constants of the logarithmic law for the vertical velocity profile in the bottom boundary layer are obtained by processing experimental data from acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs). The near-field distribution of pollutants at different distances from the diffuser is obtained in terms of the ambient flow velocity (steady or with tidal effect) and outfall discharge characteristics. It is shown that even in the case where the effluent density is substantially lower than the ambient sea water density the plume can impact the seabed, creating a risk of pollution of removable bottom sediments.