Tracer Theory

  • Ole Secher Madsen


An important aspect of environmental engineering is the prediction of the behavior of a foreign substance introduced into the environment. In environmental fluid mechanics a knowledge of the environmental conditions (the transporting system) is generally assumed and the problem is that of predicting the behavior of an ensemble of contaminated (marked) fluid particles released into the transporting system. The fundamental idea behind the use of tracers for the determination of transport is essentially the inverse problem, i. e., one deliberately marks a finite number of particles within the transporting system with the expectation of gaining information about the characteristics of the transporting system itself by monitoring the behavior of the marked particles (the tracers).


Transport System Tracer Concentration Tracer Experiment Surf Zone Time Integration Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ole Secher Madsen
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  1. 1.Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory for Water Resources and HydrodynamicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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