Atmosphere 2011, 2(4), 715-741; doi:10.3390/atmos2040715
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Case Study of Pollutants Concentration Sensitivity to Meteorological Fields and Land Use Parameters over Douala (Cameroon) Using AERMOD Dispersion Model

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Received: 3 August 2011; in revised form: 14 October 2011 / Accepted: 14 October 2011 / Published: 14 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution Modeling: Reviews of Science Process Algorithms)
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Abstract: This paper deals with the simulation of the NOx concentration over Douala for the period 2002–2006 by means of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)/Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulatory Model (AERMOD) model, version 07026. Its sensitivity to local meteorological fields and land use parameters are investigated by selecting different buildings (receptors) specific direction and distance from the source and by making changes in land use parameters. Results reveal variations in concentration patterns depending on the roughness length, albedo and the Bowen ratio. Changes in the albedo as well as the Bowen ratio only alter the concentration patterns during convective conditions. For a short averaging time, changes in albedo and Bowen ratio have the same effects on the concentration patterns. These results not only help to accurately choose the indicated areas for implanting industrial sites, to manage risk assessment exposure to pollutants in Douala city and addressing recommendations to policies makers.
Keywords: concentration; albedo; Bowen ratio; roughness length; meteorological fields; risk assessment
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Igri, P.M.; Vondou, D.A.; Kamga, F.M. Case Study of Pollutants Concentration Sensitivity to Meteorological Fields and Land Use Parameters over Douala (Cameroon) Using AERMOD Dispersion Model. Atmosphere 2011, 2, 715-741.

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Igri PM, Vondou DA, Kamga FM. Case Study of Pollutants Concentration Sensitivity to Meteorological Fields and Land Use Parameters over Douala (Cameroon) Using AERMOD Dispersion Model. Atmosphere. 2011; 2(4):715-741.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Igri, Pascal Moudi; Vondou, Derbetini Appolinaire; Kamga, François Mkankam. 2011. "Case Study of Pollutants Concentration Sensitivity to Meteorological Fields and Land Use Parameters over Douala (Cameroon) Using AERMOD Dispersion Model." Atmosphere 2, no. 4: 715-741.


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