New Models of City Wind Patterns Could Help Fight Pollution
Physics of Fluids reveals that pollutant particles, rather than dissipating randomly, actually accumulate in specific areas and even form coherent patterns.The results, say the authors of “The geometry of inertial particle mixing in urban flows,” could be used to map areas susceptible to high concentrations and help decision-makers address urban pollution. This could include determining where greenery could be most effective: a recent study in
Environmental Science & Technology found that plants can reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter by up to 40% and 60%, respectively—eight times more than previously thought.
Published October 2, 2012