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THE INFLUENCE OF A TALL BUILDING ON STREET-CANYON FLOW IN AN URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD

Citation:

BOWKER, G. E., D. HEIST, S. G. PERRY, L. BRIXEY, R. S. THOMPSON, AND R. W. WIENER. THE INFLUENCE OF A TALL BUILDING ON STREET-CANYON FLOW IN AN URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD. Presented at 28th NATO/CCMS International Technical Meeting, Leipzig, GERMANY, May 15 - 19, 2006.

Impact/Purpose:

The scientific modeling expertise of NERL/AMD technical staff often results in requests for staff to provide timely support and advice to EPA Management in the event of a national emergency and to perform the research on model development and evaluation in support of the development of early response models. Flow and dispersion in urban areas is extremely complex and not well characterized in spite of their importance to homeland security and emergency response applications. Specifically, understanding the transport and fate of pollutants in urban canopies is critical for implementing air quality standards, performing risk assessments, developing environmental management strategies, supporting human exposure and health effects studies. Recently, though, much focus has been placed on supporting the development of homeland security tools needed to prepare for and respond to malicious attacks with toxic chemicals. Toward this goal, laboratory studies have been conducted in EPA's Meteorological Wind Tunnel for idealized urban settings, for very complex settings such as lower Manhattan surrounding the World Trade Center (WTC) site, and for very building specific cases such as the Pentagon. Continued studies in a variety of urban morphologies and release scenarios are needed to support a more thorough understanding of urban dispersion and the development of refined numerical modeling approaches.

Description:

This study presents a velocity comparison between meteorological wind tunnel results and results from the Quick Urban & Industrial Complex model (QUIC, version 3.9) for a simplified urban area, representing a regular array of city blocks composed of row houses in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. QUIC reproduced the overall flow patterns observed in the wind tunnel.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 05/17/2006
Record Last Revised: 06/21/2006
Record ID: 150347

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

ATMOSPHERIC MODELING DIVISION

AIR-SURFACE PROCESSES MODELING BRANCH