Influence of initial conditions on absolute and relative dispersion in semi-enclosed basins

Francesco Enrile, Giovanni Besio, Alessandro Stocchino, Marcello G. Magaldi

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Absolute and relative dispersion are fundamental quantities employed in order to assess the mixing strength of a basin. There exists a time scale called Lagrangian Integral Scale associated to absolute dispersion that highlights the occurrence of the transition from a quadratic dependence on time to a linear dependence on time. Such a time scale is commonly adopted as an indicator of the duration needed to lose the influence of the initial conditions. This work aims to show that in a semi-enclosed basin the choice of the formulation in order to calculate the absolute dispersion can lead to different results. Moreover, the influence of initial conditions can persist beyond the Lagrangian Integral Scale. Such an influence can be appreciated by evaluating absolute and relative dispersion recursively by changing the initial conditions. Furthermore, finite-size Lyapunov exponents characterize the different regimes of the basin.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0217073
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General


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