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Lagrangian Skeletons in Hurricane Katrina

Abstract This thesis shows analyses of mixing and transport patterns associated with Hurricane Katrina as it hit the United States in August of 2005. Specifically, by applying atmospheric velocity information from the Weather Research and Forecasting System, finite-time Lyapunov exponents have been computed and the Lagrangian Coherent Structures have been identified. The chaotic dynamics of material transport induced by the hurricane are results from these structures within the flow. Boundaries of the coherent structures are highlighted by the FTLE field. Individual particle transport within the hurricane is affected by the location of these boundaries. In addition to idealized fluid particles, we also studied inertial particles which have finite si... (more)
Created Date 2012-12
Contributor Wake, Christian (Author) / Tang, Wenbo (Thesis Director) / Moustaoui, Mohamed (Committee Member) / Kostelich, Eric (Committee Member) / Barrett, The Honors College / College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Subject Weather / Biological Sciences / Lagrangian Coherent Structures / Hurricane Katrina / Computational Math Sciences / Atmospheric Velocity
Series Academic Year 2012-2013
Type Text
Extent 13 pages
Language English
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Collaborating Institutions Barrett, the Honors College
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