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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-275
Number of pages31
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1


  • Convective boundary layer
  • Convective vortices
  • Dust devils
  • Large-Eddy Simulations


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