The impact of landfills on the air quality of towns: a simple heuristic model for the city of Palermo

Gianfranco Rizzo, Salvatore Barbaro, Maria Letizia Boscia, Angelo Bonanno, Salvatore Aronica

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Abstract

In this study, the landfill of Palermo, is investigated as a potential source of the unusual methane concentrations found in the urban context. The source for these pollution episodes is identified by means of a simple heuristic method. A cross-correlation analysis between wind data and methane concentration levels is also used to confirm the hypotheses formulated. Doppler Sound Detection And Ranging (SODAR) measurements are used to investigate the air masses dynamics at the landfill, in order to better support the adopted assumptions. This interpretative method can be adopted in the first assessment stages of the environmental site performance in order to single out the candidate pollution sources in urban areas, before any analytical computation takes place. In this sense, the method is intended as a viable tool in decision-making processes where in local administrations are currently involved in the selection of sustainable policies for the correct management of the territory. Copyright © 2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)287-304
Numero di pagine17
RivistaDefault journal
Volume36, N. 1/2/3
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2009

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  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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The impact of landfills on the air quality of towns: a simple heuristic model for the city of Palermo. / Rizzo, Gianfranco; Barbaro, Salvatore; Boscia, Maria Letizia; Bonanno, Angelo; Aronica, Salvatore.

In: Default journal, Vol. 36, N. 1/2/3, 2009, pag. 287-304.

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Rizzo, Gianfranco ; Barbaro, Salvatore ; Boscia, Maria Letizia ; Bonanno, Angelo ; Aronica, Salvatore. / The impact of landfills on the air quality of towns: a simple heuristic model for the city of Palermo. In: Default journal. 2009 ; Vol. 36, N. 1/2/3. pagg. 287-304.
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