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Volume 8, issue 1
Adv. Sci. Res., 8, 105–113, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-8-105-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Adv. Sci. Res., 8, 105–113, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-8-105-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  08 May 2012

08 May 2012

Finite element simulation of a local scale air quality model over complex terrain

A. Oliver1, G. Montero2, R. Montenegro2, E. Rodríguez2, J. M. Escobar2, and A. Perez-Foguet1 A. Oliver et al.
  • 1Laboratori de Càlcul Numèric (LaCàN), Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada III, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech, Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
  • 2University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, University Institute for Intelligent Systems and Numerical Applications in Engineering (SIANI), Spain

Abstract. In this paper we propose a finite element method approach for modelling the air quality in a local scale over complex terrain. The area of interest is up to tens of kilometres and it includes pollutant sources. The proposed methodology involves the generation of an adaptive tetrahedral mesh, the computation of an ambient wind field, the inclusion of the plume rise effect in the wind field, and the simulation of transport and reaction of pollutants. We apply our methodology to simulate a fictitious pollution episode in La Palma island (Canary Island, Spain).

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