Lidar measurements of plume statistics

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    Surface-layer aerosol diffusion experiments have been conducted using artificial smoke plume releases at ground level over flat and homogeneously vegetated terrain at the Meppen proving grounds in the Federal Republic of Germany (1989). At fixed downwind locations in the range out to 800 m from the source, instantaneous crosswind plume profiles were detected repetitively at high spatial (1.5 m) and temporal (3 sec) intervals by use of a mini LIDAR system. The experiments were accompanied by measurement of the surface-layer mean wind and turbulence quantities by sonic anemometers. On the basis of measured crosswind concentration profiles, the following statistics were obtained: 1) Mean profile, 2) Root mean square profile, 3) Fluctuation intensities,and 4)Intermittency factors. Furthermore, some experimentally determined probability density functions (pdf's) of the fluctuations are presented. All the measured statistics are referred to a fixed and a 'moving' frame of reference, the latter being defined as a frame of reference from which the (low frequency) plume meander is removed. Finally, the measured statistics are compared with statistics on concentration fluctuations obtained with a simple puff diffusion model (RIMPUFF) developed at Riso.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBoundary-Layer Meteorology
    Issue number1-4
    Pages (from-to)361-378
    Publication statusPublished - 1993

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