|Title||Numerical vs. turbulent diffusion in geophysical flow modelling|
|Publication Type||Articolo su Rivista peer-reviewed|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||D'Isidoro, Massimo, Maurizi A., and Tampieri F.|
|Journal||Nuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C|
Numerical advection schemes induce the spreading of passive tracers from localized sources. The effects of changing resolution and Courant number are investigated using the WAF advection scheme, which leads to a sub-diffusive process. The spreading rate from an instantaneous source is compared with the physical diffusion necessary to simulate unresolved turbulent motions. The time at which the physical diffusion process overpowers the numerical spreading is estimated, and is shown to reduce as the resolution increases, and to increase as the wind velocity increases. © Società Italians di Fisica.
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