Turbulent diffusion and mixing in non-homogeneous environments
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Many experimental and field studies have been devoted to the understanding of non-homogeneous turbulent dynamics. Activity in this area intensified when the basic Kolmogorov self-similar theory was extended to two-dimensional or quasi 2D turbulent flows such as those appearing in the environment, that seem to control mixing [1,2]. The statistical description and the dynamics of these geophysical flows depend strongly on the distribution of long lived organized (coherent) structures. These flows show a complex topology, but may be subdivided in terms of strongly elliptical domains (high vorticity regions), strong hyperbolic domains (deformation cells with high energy condensations) and the background turbulent field of moderate elliptic and hyperbolic characteristics. It is of fundamental importance to investigate the different influence of these topological diverse regions.
CitationRedondo, J. [et al.]. Turbulent diffusion and mixing in non-homogeneous environments. A: European Geosciences Union General Assembly. "Geophysical Research Abstracts 14, EGU2012-2911-1". Vienna: 2012, p. 1.