Factor separation in atmosphic modelling a review

T. Sholokhman, P. Alpert*

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This paper presents a review of the factor separation (FS) technique and its fractional approach. The work focuses on two points. First, the FS methodology is applied to some fundamental mathematical functions. For each function we define the constrains for the factor values, by investigating the function under three different synergy states: synergy term equals zero; is opposite in its sign to the factors' contributions, or is dominant. Second, the application of the method is demonstrated with a simplified atmospheric problem with an analytical solution, i.e., the Haurwitz sea-breeze (SB) model. The FS method also assists in analyzing the effects of the dominant and secondary factors in given physical models that have analytical solutions. Study of factors with the FS methodology allows a better understanding of the various mechanisms and particularly the role of their interactions-synergies in atmospheric dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAir, Water and Soil Quality Modelling for Risk and Impact Assessment
PublisherDordrecht: Springer Netherlands
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)1402058756, 9781402058752
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameNATO Security through Science Series C: Environmental Security
ISSN (Print)1871-4668


  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Factor separation
  • Synergy states


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