Analysis of odour episodes through dispersion modelling, field olfactometry and citizens’ complaints near a paper-mill

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Valdenebro   The RAMS-CALMET-CALPUFF modelling system has been used to simulate the odorous impacts from a paper-mill in an urban area located several kilometres away in a coastal mountainous area.

   Over the last years, episodes of citizens complaints due to malodours have been registered, with a potential origin in several pollution sources located inside and outside the city. A selection of episodes under anticyclonic conditions, with poor ventilation in general and continuous changes of stability and wind during the day, has been simulated.

V. Valdenebro1*, E. Sáez de Cámara1, G. Gangoiti1, L. Alonso1, J. A. García1, M. Navazo2, M. de Blas1, J. Lavín3, N. García-Borreguero


1Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Escuela de Ingeniería de Bilbao, Alameda de Urquijo s/n, 48 013 Bilbao, España.
2Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería de Vitoria-Gasteiz, C/ Nieves Cano 12, 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz, España.
3 Sociedad Española de Abastecimientos, S.A., Gran Vía Marqués del Turia,¸19, 46005, Valencia, España.
4Gobierno Vasco, Departamento de Medio Ambiente y Política Territorial, Dirección de Administración Ambiental, Servicio de aire, Donostia-San Sebastián 1, 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz, España.
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   Competing interests: The author has declared that no competing interests exist.

   Academic editor: Carlos N Díaz.

   Content quality: This paper has been peer reviewed by at least two reviewers. See scientific committee here

   Citation: V. Valdenebro, E. Sáez de Cámara, G. Gangoiti, L. Alonso, J. A. García, M. Navazo, M. de Blas, J. Lavín y N. García-Borreguero, 2017, Analysis of odour episodes through dispersion modelling, field olfactometry and citizens’ complaints near a paper- mill, IV International Conference of Odours in the Environment, Valladolid, Spain, www.olores.org.

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   ISBN: 978-84-697-7359-8

   Keyword: RAMS, CALMET, CALPUFF, complex topography, modelling, validation, air-quality .

 

Abstract


   The RAMS-CALMET-CALPUFF modelling system has been used to simulate the odorous impacts from a paper-mill in an urban area located several kilometres away in a coastal mountainous area.

   Over the last years, episodes of citizens complaints due to malodours have been registered, with a potential origin in several pollution sources located inside and outside the city. A selection of episodes under anticyclonic conditions, with poor ventilation in general and continuous changes of stability and wind during the day, has been simulated. It is intended to confirm or not the possibility that the odorous impact of the paper-mill is behind the citizens’ complaints and the odour concentrations registered during a series of field olfactometry campaigns.

   The hourly outputs of the meteorological simulations have been validated against data from surface stations, a wind profiler radar and nearby radio-soundings. The simulations results show that the model is able to simulate in a quasi-synchronous manner the odour impacts with the complaints and the experimental odour measurements in the urban area.

 

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