Estimating Vertical Diffusion from Routine Meteorological Tower Measurements


Roland R. Draxler


Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 13, pp, 1559-1564, 1979


Abstract - Data from an instrumented meteorological tower are used to calculate vertical dispersion coefficients and vertical diffusivities using surface layer concepts. The   tower instrumentation is similar to that at many power plant sites and only a temperature gradient and wind speed are required for the calculations. The calculated vertical turbulence compares well with bivane data collected on the tower.  Calculations of vertical dispersion also compare well with dispersion data collected at other sites.



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