Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 185, Issue 3, pp 2705–2722

Combining a road pollution dispersion model with GIS to determine carbon monoxide concentration in Tennessee


DOI: 10.1007/s10661-012-2742-6

Cite this article as:
Pantaleoni, E. Environ Monit Assess (2013) 185: 2705. doi:10.1007/s10661-012-2742-6


The purpose of this paper is to develop an air pollution model that is independent from pollution monitoring sites and highly accurate through space and time. Total carbon monoxide concentration is computed with the use of traffic flow data, vehicle speed and dimensions, emission rates, wind speed, and temperature. The data are interpolated using a geographic information system universal kriging technique, and the end results produce state level air pollution maps with high local accuracy. The model is validated against Environment Protection Agency (EPA) pollution data. Overall, the model has 71 % agreement with EPA, overestimating values of carbon monoxide for less than 1 ppm. The model has three advantages over already assessed air pollution models. First, it is completely independent of any air pollution monitoring stations; thus, possible temporary or permanent unreliability or lack of the data is avoided. Second, being based on a 5,710 traffic count network, the problem of remote places coverage is avoided. Third, it is based on a straightforward equation, where minimal preprocessing of traffic and climatic data is required.


TrafficModelingGISCarbon monoxideEPA

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vanderbilt Kennedy CenterVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA