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Good practice guide for atmospheric dispersion modelling

Publication date:  June 2004
Publication reference number:  ME 522

The Good Practice Guide for Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling provides good-practice protocols for carrying out atmospheric dispersion modelling in New Zealand. Atmospheric dispersion modelling is frequently used to determine the potential environmental and health impacts of discharges to air. The guide covers:

  • when dispersion modelling is appropriate 
  • how to model efficiently with the most appropriate input data 
  • the advantages and disadvantages of different modelling techniques 
  • how to obtain necessary data including emissions and meteorological data 
  • how to get good information out of a model 
  • things to watch out for and how to display and communicate the results clearly and effectively.