CLIMATOLOGY AND LOW-LEVEL AIR POLLUTION POTENTIAL FROM SHIPS IN THE HAMPTON ROADS
NAVY WEATHER RESEARCH FACILITY NORFOLKVA
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This publication investigates the pollution potential from ships in Hampton Roads. A similar publication for San Diego Harbor has previously been published however, the present report embodies some more recent developments in the calculations of atmospheric diffusion. A general estimate of the microclimate of the Hampton Roads area is presented. Available meteorological records for the Hampton Roads region have been utilized, and from these data, parameters have been chosen which are considered most useful in evaluating the travel and dispersion of airborne material. The effects of these parameters are discussed, and general summaries of their diurnal, seasonal, and monthly charges have been prepared. The estimates of the dispersion of pollutant materials, released to the lower atmosphere to approximately 2,500 feet, are presented within the limits of our current knowledge on this scale. However, the general nature of the estimates of extent and ground-level concentration of the contaminant leave room for improvement, possibly by more detailed meteorological information or research into the dispersion of materials on this scale of interest. Chapter 1 is intended to give the reader an introduction to and an understanding of the basic concepts in diffusion meteorology.
- Air Pollution and Control