Atmospheric Dispersion: Complex Terrain
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Environmetrics
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Egan, B. A. and Snyder, W. H. 2006. Atmospheric Dispersion: Complex Terrain. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
Atmospheric dispersion processes in complex terrain are generally more complicated than flows over simple, homogeneous, relatively flat terrain. This is because the nonhomogeneity of the terrain not only alters the airflow fields and the turbulence (diffusion intensities) in both the horizontal and vertical directions, but it also affects the consequences of solar heating and radiative cooling on the development of local circulations and flows. Although important over homogeneous terrain, the vertical profiles of wind velocity and temperature are even more important factors when considering complex terrain.