As urban development, the emissions from heavy industry also have an impact on air quality. Through the development of modelling systems, we improve the forecasting of atmospheric composition and air quality from global to local scales. This provides a comprehensive description of air quality problems, relating emission sources and atmospheric conditions, which can be useful for decision-makers.
Air quality impact assessments provide a detailed diagnosis of areas with low air quality and are useful to identify the main factors that lead to exceed air pollution standards. This information can support decision-makers in their task to identify pollution sources and in urban planning and management. Possible applications of air quality forecasts concerning heavy industry emissions are:
- Integrated assessment and control of heavy industry (like power, incineration or biomass plants, cement industries, etc.)
- Comprehensive air quality planning
- Assessment of the effect of management strategies directed to reduce atmospheric pollution