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DISPERSION PROCESSES IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

CODE 90652
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 5 credits during the 2nd year of 9263 CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (LM-23) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/01
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING )
SEMESTER 1° Semester

OVERVIEW

The course provides the basis for the dispersion of pollutants into air and water.

In detail:

1) bases of the geophysical fluid dynamics

2) The f-plane, beta-plane and geostrophic wind

3) Atmospheric stability

4) Dispersion in the atmosphere

5) Examples of operating models for the dispersion in the atmosphere.

6) General concepts of physical oceanography

7) Concepts of scientific programming and numerical analysis

8) Marine dispersion models

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides the basis of the geophysical fluid dynamics (in the presence of rotation of the reference system); Introduction to  the f-plane, beta-plane and  geostrophic wind approximation, the Ekman boundary layer;  atmospheric stability; dispersion in the atmosphere: Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches, examples of operating models for the dispersion in the atmosphere, introduction of some general concepts of physical oceanography to understand the applicability and physical assumptions at the basis of marine circulation and dispersion models, introduction of programming concepts Scientific and numerical analysis to understand the differences in implementation of the different marine models; describe marine dispersion models: modules for Eulerian tracers and Lagrangian methods, with reference and use of coastal radar data; Provide direct and practical experiences of how to implement and circulate patterns of marine circulation and dispersion, to get acquainted with and handle large amounts of georeferenced data in formats commonly used in engineering and environmental physics.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides the basis of the geophysical fluid dynamics (in the presence of rotation of the reference system); Introduction to  the f-plane, beta-plane and  geostrophic wind approximation, the Ekman boundary layer;  atmospheric stability; dispersion in the atmosphere: Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches, examples of operating models for the dispersion in the atmosphere, introduction of some general concepts of physical oceanography to understand the applicability and physical assumptions at the basis of marine circulation and dispersion models, introduction of programming concepts Scientific and numerical analysis to understand the differences in implementation of the different marine models; describe marine dispersion models: modules for Eulerian tracers and Lagrangian methods, with reference and use of coastal radar data; Provide direct and practical experiences of how to implement and circulate patterns of marine circulation and dispersion, to get acquainted with and handle large amounts of georeferenced data in formats commonly used in engineering and environmental physics. To acquire manuals with the operational use of air and water dispersion models, which is one of the most important training objectives of the course, approximately half of the hours spent will be spent in the computer classroom.

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures at the blackboard and computer classroom exercises.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course provides the basis for the dispersion of pollutants into air and water.

In more detail:

1) Introduction of the bases of the geophysical fluid dynamics (in the presence of rotation of the reference system).

2) Introduction to the f-plane, beta-plane, geostrophic models of the Ekman boundary layer.

3) Introduction to atmospheric stability.

4) Dispersion into the atmosphere: Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches

5) Examples of operating models for the dispersion in the atmosphere.

6) General Physical Oceanography Concepts to Understand Physical Applicability and Physical Undertakings based on marine motion and marine dispersion models.

7) Introduction of the concepts of scientific programming and numerical analysis to understand the differences in implementation of the different marine models.

8) Description of marine dispersion models: modules for Eulerian tracers and Lagrangian methods, with reference and use of coastal radar data.

9) Direct and practical experiences of how to implement and circulate patterns of marine circulation and dispersion.

10) Take care and handle large amounts of georeferenced data in formats commonly used in engineering and environmental physics.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

-) Numerical Ocean Circulation Modeling, Dale B. Haidvogel and Aike Beckmann, Imperial College Press

-) Numerical Modeling of Ocean Circulation, Robert N. Miller, Cambridge Press

-) Atmospheric and Ocean Fluid Dynamics, Geoffrey K. Vallis, Cambridge Press

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

ANDREA MAZZINO (President)

MARCELLO GATIMU MAGALDI

ALESSANDRO STOCCHINO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures at the blackboard and computer classroom exercises.

LESSONS START

18 September 2017

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral examination discussing a small report prepared by the student on previously suggested arguments;  assessment of the contents of the course.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Examination test is oral. It consists of questions about the program carried out in the course both in relation to the theoretical part (the first 20 hours on the foundations of the atmospheric physics  and of the physical oceanograhy) and in relation to the second part carried out in the computer classroom for which the student should submit a brief report on a computer tutorial agreed with the teachers.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
09/01/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale
30/01/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale
07/06/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale
04/07/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale
12/09/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale