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Abstract

In modelling atmospheric processes such as wind circulation and gaseous dispersion, meteorological data play a fundamental role in the validation of the numerical results and provide the information necessary to calibrate a model on a given geographical domain. The aim of the work presented here is to organize a vast amount of information on meteorological parameters collected on the island of Sicily (Italy), and to look for their characteristic space-temporal patterns. This kind of statistical analysis, carried out for each geographical location, allows the different kind of wind flows to be singled out and their probability of occurring during different time periods to be estimated. The measuring sites are spread out over the territory of Sicily, with a higher density over the eastern part of the island where mount Etna is. Next, the data referring to local atmosphere flows are analyzed for each location. The distribution of daily trends of the statistically relevant parameters are considered, and they are then interpreted in the light of the morphological characteristics of the surrounding area. In order to study a particular time period or spatial area in more detail, the organized dataset and the software developed to analyze it are made available.

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Authors: RANCI M, CSGSDA-CNR, Pisa (IT);MAZZARINI F, CSGSDA-CNR, Pisa (IT);PARESCHI M T, CSGSDA-CNR, Pisa (IT);GRAZIANI G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16456 EN (1996) 87pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199611449 / Last updated on: 1996-12-16
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en