Thermal Plume Modeling

Thermal discharges can originate from various industrial and domestic sources where effluents are often warmer than the surrounding waters that receive them. To determine how the discharge will dissipate in the receiving body of water under varying ambient conditions and different outlet configurations, a thermal plume modeling is conducted. It aids in plant design and provides solid evidence for regulatory compliance. Computer models are used to simulate the thermal discharge dispersal. Knowledge of the spatial distribution and extent of such industrial end products prior to and during the development’s operation will help minimize the detrimental effects these may cause to the marine/freshwater environment.

Apercu has conducted several thermal plume modeling works, both as part of EIS and EPRMP projects and as individual studies for specific purposes. Apercu’s temperature loggers or thermistors, have been very useful in collecting the temperature data that are required as inputs to the model.

For a list of our Thermal Plume Modeling work, please visit our Projects page.