Since this month November 2022, GRAL dispersion model presents a new website: https://gral.tugraz.at/ The Graz Lagrangian Model - GRAL - was initially developed in 1999 at the Institute of Thermodynamics and Sustainable Propulsion Systems at Graz University of Technology.

   In addition, new features and bugfixes have been implemented in the new GRAL Version 22.09, which is now available on the GRAL homepage.

  Odours are typically released into the atmosphere as diffuse emissions from area and volume sources, whose detailed quantification in terms of odour emission rate is often hardly achievable by direct source sampling. Indirect methods, involving the use of micrometeorological methods in order to correlate downwind concentrations to the emission rates, are already mentioned in literature, but rarely found in real applications for the quantification of odour emissions.

   The instrumentation needed for the development of micrometeorological methods has nowadays become accessible in terms of prices and reliability, thus making the implementation of such methods to industrial applications more and more interesting.

 

  The aim of this study was to assess the cost of not regulating odour emissions. For that we have specified a domain in the Spanish region of Euskadi situated in the North of Spain. To perform this analysis, two factors have been considered: 1) The decrease in the property value affected by odour impact and 2) The economic impact on public health.

   To assess the cost of depreciation of odour-affected properties, a list of Activities Potentially Generating Odour Impact (APGOIs) was selected in the Basque Country. With this data, buffers were generated for different areas of odour nuisance, classifying them as serious, moderate and slight. Subsequently, the number of properties with the potential to be affected by odour impact was calculated. This analysis took into account the price per m2 of each municipality in Euskadi. The results showed that the total cost of depreciation of the value of the properties affected by odour impact was 778 and 1164 million euros for areas affected by serious and moderate odour impact, respectively.

 

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