## EFFECTS OF A FOREST CLEARING: AN EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL ASSESSMENT
## AbstraktThe flow above a forest model with and without the presence of a clearing is investigated experimentally in a wind tunnel facility by means of Particle Image Velocimetry. The results have been analyzed in terms of basic velocity statistics and vertical integral length scale and a comparison of the two geometries is presented. In order to improve the current flow understanding and to complement the experimental results, Large Eddy Simulations of the same flows under similar operating conditions are planned. The experimental results indicate that the clearing is associated to a velocity defect in the mean velocity profile associated with a significant vertical momentum flux. The turbulence is redistributed amongst the various velocity components so that the streamwise velocity variance is reduced while the vertical velocity variance is enhanced. From the clearing windward edge the turbulence mixing contributes to the decrease of the vertical correlation length that increases again after the clearing trailing edge. |

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