Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 159, Issue 1, pp 23–40 | Cite as

Particle Dispersion in the Neutral Atmospheric Surface Layer

  • Sergey Belan
  • Vladimir Lebedev
  • Gregory Falkovich


We address theoretically the longstanding problem of particle dispersion in the lower atmosphere. The evolution of particle concentration under an absorbing boundary condition at the ground is described. We derive a close-form solution for the downwind surface density of deposited particles and find how the number of airborne particles decreases with time. The problem of the plume formation above the extended surface source is also solved analytically. At the end, we show how turbophoresis modifies the mean settling velocity of particles.


Analytical solution Dispersion theory Heavy particles Settling velocity 



The work in Israel was supported by the Israeli Science Foundation and the Minerva Foundation with funding from the German Ministry for Education and Research. The work in Russia (analytic theory and writing the paper) was supported by the RScF grant 14-22-00259.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergey Belan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vladimir Lebedev
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gregory Falkovich
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyDolgoprudnyRussia
  2. 2.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsChernogolovkaRussia
  3. 3.Institute for Information Transmission ProblemsMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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