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Modelling Airport Pollutants Dispersion at High Resolution

Version 1 : Received: 11 April 2017 / Approved: 11 April 2017 / Online: 11 April 2017 (17:32:40 CEST)

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Sarrat, C.; Aubry, S.; Chaboud, T.; Lac, C. Modelling Airport Pollutants Dispersion at High Resolution . Aerospace 2017, 4, 46. Sarrat, C.; Aubry, S.; Chaboud, T.; Lac, C. Modelling Airport Pollutants Dispersion at High Resolution †. Aerospace 2017, 4, 46.

Journal reference: Aerospace 2017, 4, 46
DOI: 10.3390/aerospace4030046


Local air quality is a major concern for the population regularly exposed to high levels of air pollution. The airport, mainly due to its aircraft engines activities during taxiing and take off, is often submitted to heterogeneous but important concentrations of NOx and PM. The study suggests an innovative approach to determine the air traffic impact on air quality at the scale of the airport, its runways and terminals, in order to be able to locate the persistent high concentrations spots. The pollutants concentrations at 10 m resolution and 1 s time step are calculated in order to identify the most affected areas of an airport platform. A real day of air traffic on a regional airport is simulated, using real data as aircraft trajectories (from radar streams). In order to estimate the aircraft emissions, the Air Transport Systems Evaluation Infrastructure (IESTA) is used. Regarding local air quality, IESTA relies on the non-hydrostatic meso-scale atmospheric model Meso-NH using grid-nesting capabilities with 3 domains, for this study. The detailed cartography of the airport distinguishes between grassland, parking and terminals, allowing to compute exchanges of heat, water and momentum between the different types of surfaces and the atmosphere as well as the interactions with the building using a drag force. The dynamic parameters like wind, temperature, turbulent kinetic energy and pollutants concentration are computed at 10 m resolution over the 2 × 4 km airport domain. The pollutants are considered in this preliminary study as passive tracers, without chemical reactions. This preliminary study aims at proving the feasibility of high scale modelling over an airport with state of the art physical models.

Subject Areas

Airport; Local Air Quality; Local Scale

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