Articles | Volume 8, issue 10
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3231–3245, 2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3231–3245, 2015

Development and technical paper 13 Oct 2015

Development and technical paper | 13 Oct 2015

Analysis of the impact of inhomogeneous emissions in the Operational Street Pollution Model (OSPM)

T.-B. Ottosen et al.

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Semi-parameterised street canyon models are popular due to their speed and low input requirements. One often-used assumption is that emissions are homogeneously distributed in the entire length and width of the street. It is thus the aim of the present study to analyse the impact of this assumption by implementing an inhomogeneous emission geometry scheme and validating it. The results show an improved performance, however, confounded by challenges in estimating the emissions accurately.