Application of inverse dispersion modelling for the determination of PM emission factors from fugitive dust sources in open-pit lignite mines
by Athanasios Triantafyllou; Nicolas Moussiopoulos; ?thina Krestou; George Tsegas; Fotios Barmpas; Stelios Garas; ?elina Andreadou
International Journal of Environment and Pollution (IJEP), Vol. 62, No. 2/3/4, 2017

Abstract: The operation of large open-pit lignite mines represents a significant source of fugitive dust emissions connected to energy production. Emission inventories can be used to provide operational estimates of the total dust burden in the surrounding areas attributable to mining operations. In this work, a methodology based on the inverse dispersion modelling approach, combining two different dispersion models, is used for preparing a dust emissions inventory for several activity types in the lignite mines of Western Macedonia, Greece. A three-year campaign of field measurement experiments provides the necessary meteorological data and upwind-downwind concentration levels in the area of each activity. A comparison of calculated emission rates provided by the two dispersion models indicates a very good agreement, while the normalised downwind concentration timeseries are accurately reproduced. Emission factors are calculated for each experiment and per-activity, leading to the formulation of empirical relations for the total fugitive dust emissions.

Online publication date: Tue, 16-Jan-2018

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