Modeling short range air dispersion from area sources of non-buoyant toxics

Nitin P. Chitgopekar, Danny D. Reible, Louis J. Thibodeaux

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A model based on K-theory has been developed for describing the short range air dispersion from area sources of non-buoyant toxics. Model parameter estimation is via boundary layer theory. Lateral dispersion by plume meander Is considered but all other sources of horizontal dispersion are neglected. The model can be applied on and near area sources and It can be adapted for predictions of downwind concentrations with a wide variety of meteorological Inputs. The model has been evaluated by simulating the data obtained during atmospheric tracer studies and by comparison to vinyl chloride concentrations near the BKK landfill in southern California. The model appears to represent a useful and accurate tool for regulatory planning and risk assessmentdose to area sources of toxics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1121-1128
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Air and Waste Management Association
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1990


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