Space Science Reviews

, Volume 203, Issue 1–4, pp 245–275 | Cite as

Large-Eddy Simulations of Dust Devils and Convective Vortices

  • Aymeric Spiga
  • Erika Barth
  • Zhaolin Gu
  • Fabian Hoffmann
  • Junshi Ito
  • Bradley Jemmett-Smith
  • Martina Klose
  • Seiya Nishizawa
  • Siegfried Raasch
  • Scot Rafkin
  • Tetsuya Takemi
  • Daniel Tyler
  • Wei Wei
Article

Abstract

In this review, we address the use of numerical computations called Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) to study dust devils, and the more general class of atmospheric phenomena they belong to (convective vortices). We describe the main elements of the LES methodology. We review the properties, statistics, and variability of dust devils and convective vortices resolved by LES in both terrestrial and Martian environments. The current challenges faced by modelers using LES for dust devils are also discussed in detail.

Keywords

Dust devils Large-Eddy Simulations Convective vortices Convective boundary layer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aymeric Spiga
    • 1
  • Erika Barth
    • 2
  • Zhaolin Gu
    • 3
  • Fabian Hoffmann
    • 4
  • Junshi Ito
    • 5
  • Bradley Jemmett-Smith
    • 6
  • Martina Klose
    • 8
    • 7
  • Seiya Nishizawa
    • 9
  • Siegfried Raasch
    • 4
  • Scot Rafkin
    • 2
  • Tetsuya Takemi
    • 10
  • Daniel Tyler
    • 11
  • Wei Wei
    • 12
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, UMR CNRS 8539, Institut Pierre-Simon LaplaceSorbonne UniversitésParisFrance
  2. 2.SouthWest Research InstituteBoulderUSA
  3. 3.Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  4. 4.Institute of Meteorology and ClimatologyLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  5. 5.Meteorological Research InstituteIbarakiJapan
  6. 6.Institute of Climate and Atmospheric ScienceUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  7. 7.Institute for Geophysics and MeteorologyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  8. 8.USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental RangeLas CrucesUSA
  9. 9.RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational ScienceKobeJapan
  10. 10.Disaster Prevention Research InstituteKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  11. 11.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  12. 12.Wuhan University of TechnologyWuhanChina

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