Dynamics of Wind Strength and Wind Direction on Air Pollution Dispersion
Keywords:Wind speed and direction, atmospheric stagnation, air pollution
The aim of the study is to examine the wind dynamics of Ota to understand certain atmospheric influences. An average volume of about four hundred and eighty thousand (480,000) wind speed data from the Davis weather station data logger of the department of physics, covenant university were considered. The data studied were divided into eight hour period, namely, night time (10pm to 6am following day); day time (6am to 2pm) and noon/evening time (2pm to 10pm). Of the three periods studied, wind speed at night time was observed to be the least. December, January and February (DJF) data set was statistically analyzed. The correlation coefficient values recorded with the wind flow for the months of DJF are 0.28 for December, 2012, 0.20 for January, 2013, and 0.39 for February, 2013. While a significant low correlation coefficient values observed for the months of March, April and May (MAM) are 0.02 for March, 0.01 for April and 0.04 for May. A further daily analysis was conducted for February. A significant occurrence of atmospheric stagnation was observed in the night time readings of February 3, 2013 with an exceptional low average wind speed of 0.143 ms-1. While February 17, 2013 recorded all day normal air ventilation with wind speed of 1.443 ms-1, 1.998 ms-1, 4.482 ms-1 for night, day and noon/evening time respectively.
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