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Lagrangian Transport of Inertial Particles in Hurricane Katrina

Abstract Using weather data from the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), we analyze the transport of inertial particles in Hurricane Katrina in order to identify coherent patterns of motion. For our analysis, we choose a Lagrangian approach instead of an Eulerian approach because the Lagrangian approach is objective and frame-independent, and gives results which are better defined. In particular, we locate Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCS), which are smooth sets of fluid particles which are locally most hyperbolic (either attracting or repelling). We implement a variational method for locating LCS and compare the results to previous computation of LCS using Finite-Time Lyapunov Exponents (FTLE) to identify regions of high stretching in ... (more)
Created Date 2013-05
Contributor Deibel, Angelica Rae (Author) / Tang, Wenbo (Thesis Director) / Moustaoui, Mohamed (Committee Member) / Kostelich, Eric (Committee Member) / Barrett, The Honors College / School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences / Department of Physics
Subject Particle Transport / Computational Mathematics / Atmospheric Modeling
Series Academic Year 2012-2013
Type Text
Extent 29 pages
Language English
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Collaborating Institutions Barrett, the Honors College
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