Water, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus

, Volume 9, Issue 1–2, pp 27–37 | Cite as

The Use of Modern Third-Generation Air Quality Models (MM5-EMIMO-CMAQ) for Real-Time Operational Air Quality Impact Assessment of Industrial Plants

  • R. San JoséEmail author
  • J. L. Pérez
  • J. L. Morant
  • R. M. González Barras


In many cases, a substantial proportion of large industrial emissions are located in the surrounding areas of cities and are the cause of an important part of air concentrations over the city and surrounding areas. The need to have a tool to analyze and manage these concentrations is the main objective of this contribution. In this paper, we show the implementation of an adapted version of the MM5-CMAQ (Byun et al. 1998, Description of the Models-3 Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model. Proceedings of the American Meteorological Society 78th Annual Meeting Phoenix, AZ, Jan. 11–16, 264–268, 1998)—PSU/NCAR and EPA (US) models—modeling system for a large combined cycle power plant located near Madrid city (Spain). The system called TEAP (EUREKA project)—a Tool to Evaluate the Air Quality Impact of Industrial Plants—allows the assessment of the impact of each individual power group (400 MW) in real-time and forecasting mode. As a consequence, the industrial plant and authorities are having a period of time (≈16 h) to decide to switch off one power group or several, to minimize or avoid the possible exceedance of European Union (EU) limits—as declared in the EU directives. The quantification of the impact of these possible exceedances of EU Directives due to emissions produced by the power plant is essential for decision making according to the daily forecasts. We will show the implementation of the TEAP system and operation in two real applications which are operating since summer 2005 and January, 2007 in the surrounding area of Madrid (Spain).


Air quality industrial impact Mesoscale modeling Air quality modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. San José
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. L. Pérez
    • 1
  • J. L. Morant
    • 1
  • R. M. González Barras
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Software and Modelling Group, Computer Science SchoolTechnical University of Madrid (UPM)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, Faculty of PhysicsComplutense University of Madrid (UCM)MadridSpain

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