Influence of thermal effects on street canyon circulations
Authors: Bohnenstengel, Sylvia; Schlünzen, Katharina Heinke; Grawe, David
Source: Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Volume 13, Number 5, October 2004 , pp. 381-386(6)
Publisher: E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Abstract:A numerical study has been carried out to investigate the influence of large-scale thermal effects and strong local-scale temperature gradients near the ground on the circulation inside a street canyon. The results show that the dynamical forcing dominates the circulation inside a street canyon. But this forcing is influenced by the large-scale thermal stability. Thus, atmospheric stability indirectly controls the street canyon circulation. Small temperature gradients inside the street-canyon are neutralised by the external dynamical forcing. Strong temperature gradients inside the street-canyon show an impact on the street canyon circulation. While stable stratification reduces the circulation for the building configuration investigated, convective stratification seems to intensify it.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-10-01
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