Relationships between the wind field and the concentration

  • Michel M. Benarie
Part of the Air Pollution Problems Series book series (AIRPP)


It is evident that pollutant concentration distributions are only an indication of the wind field. At the same time, it has been observed that the log-normal function is a convenient empirical representation of the wind velocity distribution (Benarie, 1969). The fact that we are concerned at this point with a rough approximation appropriate to the argument that follows below (without pretending to describe general physical properties of the wind) was stressed and in a subsequent discussion by Benarie (1972, appendix); Benkala and Seinfeld (1976) also discussed this.


Wind Field Observe Wind Speed Lawrence Livermore Laboratory General Physical Property Wind Velocity Distribution 
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© Michel M. Benarie 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel M. Benarie
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  1. 1.Institut National de Recherche Chimique AppliquéeVert-le-PetitFrance

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