Advection of passive tracers in the atmosphere: Batchelor scaling

Tímea Haszpra, Péter Kiss, Tamás TÉl, Imre M. JÁnosi

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Extensive numerical experiments are performed on tracer dispersion in global reanalysis wind fields. Particle trajectories are computed both along an isobaric (500 hPa) and an isentropic (315 K) surface in a time interval of one year. Besides mean quantities such as advection of the center of mass and growth of tracer clouds, special attention is paid to the evaluation of particle pair separation dynamics. The characteristic behavior for intermediate time scales is Batchelor's dispersion along both surfaces, where the zonal extent of the tracer cloud increases linearly in time. The long-time evolution after 7080 days exhibits a slower, diffusive dispersion (Taylor regime), in agreement with expectations. RichardsonObukhov scaling (superdiffusion with an exponent of 3/2) could not be identified in the numerical tests. The results confirm the classical prediction by Batchelor that the initial pair-separation determines subsequent time evolution of tracers. The quantitative dependence on the initial distance differs however from the prediction of the theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1250241
JournalInternational Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - okt. 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • General
  • Applied Mathematics

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