Constructing 3-D wind fields for Nellis Dunes in Nevada

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Conference Proceeding


An h-adaptive, mass consistent finite element model (FEM) is used to construct 3-D wind fields over irregular terrain utilizing sparse meteorological tower data. The element size in the computational domain is dynamically controlled by a–posteriori error estimator based on the L2 norm. In the h-adaptive FEM algorithm, large element sizes are typically associated with computational regions where the flow is smooth and small errors; small element sizes are attributed to fast changing flow regions and large errors. The adaptive procedure uses mesh refinement/unrefinement to satisfy error criteria. The application of a mass consistent approach essentially poses a least-squares problem in the computational domain. Preliminary results are obtained for constructing 3-D wind fields for Nellis Dunes in Nevada.


Finite element method; Nevada – Clark County; Nevada – Nellis dunes; Wind


Applied Mathematics | Engineering | Meteorology | Numerical Analysis and Computation


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