Dispersion modelling: agriculture

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Figure 1. Concentrationinfo of herbicides and PM10 for the baseline year 2000, in Thessaly and C. Macedonia
Figure 2. Concentration of endotoxines and pollen (for maize) for the baseline year 2000, in Thessaly and C. Macedonia

As part of the EU-funded INTARESE project, which contributed to the development of this Toolbox, a case study was carried out to assess the health effects of agricultural land use change in two study areas, in Greece and England.

In the Greek study area, in Thessalia and Central Macedonia, dispersion modelling was used to assess exposures to pesticides, particulate matter, endotoxins and pollen generated by agricultural activities, under a baseline and two policy scenarios (for the years 2020 and 2050). A Eulerian box-volume model was used for this purpose.


Yearly average meteorological data (wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity) from 6 meteorological stations were used as input to CALMET meteorological model to estimate the mixing layer height (H) and the magnitude of wind velocity (U) for 4 x 4 km grid across the study areas. The box volume model was then run to estimate pollutant concentrations in each of the 4 x 4 km cells for the entire area of study, using the simple formula:



C = pollutant concentration in air (g/m3)

E = emission of pollutant (g/sec)

U = wind velocity (m/s)

H = mixing layer height (m)

L = lateral “box” dimension (m)

This simple method provides first reasonable estimates, useful for comparison with the more detailed calculations done using alternative modelling techniques (see Focal sum modelling: agriculture).

Modelled concentrations of herbicides, PM10, endotoxins and pollen (from maize) for the baseline year 2000 in Thessaly and C. Macedonia are illustrated in FIgures 1 and 2.

See also

Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment System
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