Special Issue "Environmental Odour: Emission, Dispersion, and the Assessment of Annoyance"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Biometeorology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Martin Piringer

Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Hohe Warte 38, A-1190 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: odour dispersion modeling, odour impact criteria, odour guidelines, urban meteorology, vertical profiling, ground-based remote sensing, atmospheric stability
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Günther Schauberger

WG Environmental Health, Unit for Physiology and Biophysics, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, 1210 Wien, Austria
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Interests: airborne emissions of livestock buildings; impact of climate change on confined livestock; biologically effective UV radiation; heat stress of farm animals; impact of odour on humans

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental odour is a major concern of residents in the vicinity of odour sources. This Special Issue of Atmosphere will treat the entire chain from the odour source via the dilution in the atmosphere, to the assessment of perception-related odour exposure to the assessment of annoyance, to abatement strategies. The Special Issue will include the characterization of the odour source by emission factors and emission models, the use of dispersion models to describe the transport and dilution of odour and odorous substances/mixtures in the atmosphere, and the assessment of the relevant stimuli concentration and the odour impact criteria. All types of odorous substances related to industry (e.g., rendering plants, refineries), municipal plants (e.g., waste water treatment plants, solid waste landfills), and animal husbandry will be included. Contributions on odour perception in urban areas and agglomerations and possible mitigation plans are encouraged. The goal is to exchange ideas and achieve a better understanding of the specific aspects that are relevant to environmental odour.

Dr. Martin Piringer
Prof. Dr. Günther Schauberger
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • odour
  • emission
  • dilution
  • dispersion
  • ambient odour concentration
  • annoyance
  • separation distance

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A Comparative Analysis of Methods for Determining Odour-Related Separation Distances around a Dairy Farm in Beijing, China
Atmosphere 2019, 10(5), 231; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10050231
Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 25 April 2019 / Accepted: 26 April 2019 / Published: 30 April 2019
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Abstract
Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) such as dairy farms are a source of odorous compound emissions. In this study, by identifying relevant odour sources within a 300-head dairy farm and quantifying their emissions, we determined the separation distances to avoid odour annoyance around [...] Read more.
Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) such as dairy farms are a source of odorous compound emissions. In this study, by identifying relevant odour sources within a 300-head dairy farm and quantifying their emissions, we determined the separation distances to avoid odour annoyance around the dairy farm with two empirical models (Austrian and German Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) model) and a dispersion model (AERMOD). Besides, this study ponders on the selection of an appropriate meteorological station that best represents the area surrounding the farm. Results show that the maximum separation distances of an exceedance probability of P = 15% determined by the two empirical and the dispersion models are 524 m, 440 m and 655 m, while the minimum values are 202 m, 135 m, and 149 m, respectively. The NE–SW stretching separation distances match well with the wind rose. The mean ratios of separation distances determined by the two empirical models to that of the dispersion model are 1.23 and 0.95. Moreover, statistics of the separation distances indicate good accordance between the empirical models and the dispersion model. Full article
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