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A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 179 2017 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation â¢ Environment Dispersion Modeling Guidance for Airports Addressing Local Air Quality Health Concerns Saravanan Arunachalam Alejandro Valencia Matthew C. Woody Michelle G. Snyder Jiaoyan Huang InstItute for the envIronment the unIversIty of north CarolIna at Chapel hIll Chapel Hill, NC i n a s s o c i a t i o n w i t h Jeffrey Weil CooperatIve InstItute for researCh In envIronmental sCIenCes unIversIty of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, CO Philip Soucacos Booz allen hamIlton, InC. Herndon, VA a n d Sandy Webb the envIronmental ConsultIng group, llC Crownsville, MD
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling System at Airports (ADMS-Airport) is a proprietary disper- sion model for aircraft-related sources developed and maintained by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC). The authors of this report would like to thank CERC for allowing the use of the model in this comparative study, and for guidance in its application. The authors also gratefully acknowl- edge the discussions with Christopher DesAutels of Exponent in the use of the CALPUFF model, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for providing an advanced version of the SCIPUFF model before public release, and Biswanath Chowdhury of Sage Management for assistance with troubleshooting and applying the SCIPUFF model for this study. CRP STAFF FOR ACRP RESEARCH REPORT 179 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Michael R. Salamone, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Joseph D. Navarrete, Senior Program Officer Hana Vagnerova, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Sharon Lamberton, Editor ACRP PROJECT 02-58 PANEL Field of Environment Kristoffer Russell, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, DFW Airport, TX (Chair) Edward L. Carr, ICF, San Francisco, CA Renee L. Dowlin, Jviation, Portland, OR Prem Lobo, Center of Excellence for Aerospace Particulate Emissions Reduction Research, Rolla, MO Randy J. McGill, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Georgetown, ON, Canada Barbara Morin, Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, RI Mohammed Majeed, FAA Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison
ACRP Research Report 179 provides guidance for selecting and applying dispersion mod- els to study local air quality health impacts resulting from airport-related emissions. The report should be of particular interest to airport environmental practitioners and regulators who wish to learn about the unique challenges associated with modeling emissions in an airport setting for the purposes of understanding their potential impacts on human health. The Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) is the required regulatory emissions and dispersion model for US airports; it employs the EPAâs AERMOD dispersion model, a Gaussian plume model. AERMOD is typically used to model dispersion from point and area sources (e.g., power plants, industrial activities) and to assess local air quality impacts. In recent years, however, airports have been asked to address more complex public health issues associated with airport activity. These public health studies often call for the use of high-fidelity, time-varying dispersion models such as CALPUFF, SCIPUFF/SCICHEM, ADMS-Airport, and LASPORT, some of which, in addition to their higher resolution, provide additional chemical transformation mechanisms and processes not included in AERMOD. No established process exists for modeling airport sources with these models, however, which has led to inconsistent practices. Research was needed to provide guidance for select- ing and using dispersion models to address local air quality health concerns. The research team, led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began with a review of recent relevant literature. This was followed by a review of model input require- ments (aircraft activity, ground support equipment, on-road vehicles, stationary sources, and weather). The research team then conducted an intercomparison of four dispersion models, AERMOD, SCICHEM, CALPUFF, and ADMS-Airport, using actual airport air quality monitoring data. The results of this analysis were used to develop the guidance. This guidance document includes a primer on airport air quality and dispersion modeling, a decision matrix to help practitioners select the most appropriate modeling approach based on research needs, and guidance on how to approach an airport air quality study that requires dispersion modeling. Recognizing that the state of the practice would benefit from additional investigation, the guidance document also identifies areas of further research to improve dis- persion models, with specific focus on the unique characteristics of aircraft sources compared to other source types. The contractorâs final report, which provides detail on their research approach and findings, is available at www.trb.org by searching âACRP Project 02-58â. F O R E W O R D By Joseph D. Navarrete Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions. 1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction 6 Chapter 2 Primer on Airport Air Quality and Dispersion Modeling 6 2.1 Overview of Airport Air Quality Modeling 11 2.2 Selecting a Dispersion Model for Airport Air Quality Analysis 13 Chapter 3 Airport Modeling Studies 16 Chapter 4 Models versus Data Inputs 16 4.1 Input Data Requirements 16 4.1.1 AERMOD 16 4.1.2 CALPUFF 17 4.1.3 SCICHEM 17 4.1.4 ADMS-Airport 18 4.2 Modeling Systems 20 Chapter 5 Dispersion Model Intercomparison 25 Chapter 6 Future Research Needs 25 6.1 Incorporation of Background Pollutant Concentrations 26 6.2 Source Characterization 26 6.3 Inventory of UFPs 27 6.4 Plume Rise from Aircraft Emissions 27 6.5 Aircraft Downwash Effects on Plume Rise and Dispersion 28 6.6 Aircraft Dispersion Based on Instantaneous âLine Puffsâ 29 6.7 Effects of Light Winds and Atmospheric Stability on Dispersion 29 6.8 Other Limitations 30 6.9 Interim Guidance 31 Glossary 34 Bibliography and References C O N T E N T S