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In the frame of a research project carried out by the Joint Research Centre Ispra in collaboration with the universities of Messina, Catania and Palermo, and funded by the Sicily's Regioanl Government and the European Union's Structural Funds, a detailed study of the air pollution phenomena and problems is underway. The project involves the measurement of the concentraton of pollutants in a number of positions in urban areas, the development of prediction models, and the integration of the models and results in an information system aimed at supporting decisons on the problem.
An outline of the project is given, with emphasis on the model applied for describing the dispersion of pollutants in the urban areas. The main input to the model is the layout of the town, given by means of a geographical information system. A new model concept will be presented, where the influence of single street canyons on the dispersion phenomena is taken into account in a simplified manner. A preliminary analysis indicate that the model is capable to give at least qualitiative consistent results. Through the construction of preliminary indicators the model results are translated and introduced into a decision support system.

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Authors: WÜRTZ J, JRC Ispra (IT);HAASTRUP P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: AM/FM - GIS Italy Conference, Pisa, Palazzo dei Congressi (IT), June 20-21, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39959 ORA
Record Number: 199610974 / Last updated on: 1996-09-30
Original language: en
Available languages: en