Published today the Handbook of Environmental Odour Management

handbook environmental odour management

   The International Water Association (IWA) Publishing office has released today the first Handbook of Environmental Odour Management. This interesting publication is edited by Franz-Bernd Frechen, Professor at the University of Kassel in Germany, Jean-Michel Guillot, Professor at the École de Mines d’Alès in France, Richard Stuetz, Professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia and Anton P. Van Harreveld, CEO in Barcelona of the multinational company Odournet. All of them are very well known people in this environmental field and they all have decades of experience in odour management.

27th September 2016 UPDATE- There was a mistake with the publishing date according to IWA publishing this book is not available yet and it will not be at least until 2018. We apologize for the inconvenience that these news might have caused you.

   Complaints due to odour annoyance have become a major issue for wastewater treatment plant, waste management, landfill, intensive livestock and other industrial operators as the repeated release of unpleasant odorous emissions can constitute a nuisance to a local population. With this book, plant managers, consultants, scientist and environmental regulators have a very interesting source of information to stay updated about the last tools to manage odour releases to the environment.


  This book has been baked in the oven for some years, but the wait was worth. The content of this book is structured in many interesting sections dealing with almost any industrial activity susceptible to have odour complaints. This book has the following chapters:

  • What is odour and how do humans perceive odours
  • Introduction: why smell?
  • Chemoperception in evolution
  • The human olfactory sense
  • Characterising odours
  • The impact of environmental odours on communities
  • What makes odours annoying?
  • The public health relevance of odour exposure The public health relevance of odour exposure
  • Methods for measuring odour annoyance
  • Risk factors for nuisance sensitivity
  • Dose-effect relationships for odour exposure and annoyance
  • Methods of odour measurement and assessment of odour emissions and exposure
  • Measurement of odours
  • Odour exposure assessment
  • Odour regulation and policy
  • General approaches to odour regulation
  • Examples of odour regulation policies
  • Odour management
  • Odour emission control
  • Odour release and dispersion optimisation
  • Odour release dispersion optimisation
  • Masking and neutralising agents
  • Community relations and conflict resolution
  • Regulatory relations
  • The Odour Management Plan
  • Sectorial odour guides
  • Wastewater systems
  • Municipal waste treatment
  • Composting
  • Livestock production
  • Industrial processes


   This book is priced at 107€ for IWA members and 142€ for non IWA members.

   For more info about this publication, check the IWA publishing website here.


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Carlos Nietzsche Diaz Jimenez

Carlos is the editor-chief of and has been in the odour world since 2001. Since then, Carlos has attended over 90 conferences in odour management, both national and international and authored a few papers on the subject. He has also organized a few international meetings and courses. Carlos owns a small company named Ambiente et Odora (AEO). He spends his free time with his wife and his twins, Laura and Daniel, and of course, writing on

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