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A Critical Review of Mathematical Diffusion Modeling Techniques for Air Quality with Relation to Motor Vehicle Transportation: A Study

Description: At the request of the Washington State Department of Highways a literature review was undertaken to assess the state-of-the-art in air quality modeling as related to motor vehicle transportation problems. In addition to reviewing the published literature, several private companies and governmental agencies with available models were contacted as were individuals working in the field. Models which were available for review are described and examined with respect to identification of latest state-of-the-art characteristics, model applicability, and limitations. Recommendations on the use of air quality diffusion models are offered.

  • Date Published: June, 1973
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 12.1
  • Last Modified: July 8, 2007
  • Authors: Donna V. Lamb, Franklin I. Badgley, August T. Rossano.
  • Originator: University of Washington. Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences; University of Washington. Dept. of Civil Engineering.
  • # of Pages: 100 p., 1,958 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Air pollution, Atmospheric diffusion, Carbon monoxide, Climatology, Environmental impact statements, Highway design, Highways, Literature reviews, Location, Mathematical models, Meteorology, Motor vehicles, Recommendations, State of the art studies, Topography, Traffic speed.
  • Keywords: Computer modeling, diffusion, air quality, air pollution, mathematical models, motor vehicles, prediction, review, transportation pollution sources.
  • Related Publications: The Selection and Calibration of Air Quality Diffusion Models for Washington State Highway Line Sources: A Study, (WA-RD 12.2).
    The Acoustic Radar and its Applicability to Air Pollution Studies, (WA-RD 12.3).


This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008