AERMOD is the preferred air quality dispersion model of US-EPA and it is used all over the world as reference model for regulatory purposes.
On June 27, 2022, the U.S. EPA announced an upgrade to version 22112 of AERMOD and its meteorological data processor AERMET
The meteorological data processor MMIF has been updated, as well.
AERMOD 22112, AERMET 22112 and MMIF 4.0 include various bug fixes and some enhacements. The modifications are listed here.
Main updates and new options in AERMOD 22112 are:
- Correction to calculation of plume penetration factor for tall stacks in an urban environment.
- Correction to double counting the NO2 background concentrations when the PVMRM NOX-to-NO2 Tier 3 method is applied when modeling NO2.
- Correction to number of BUOYLINE sources. Originally limited to 10, corrected to have no limit.
- Correction to urban option for all source types and source-specific corrections BUOYLINE and RLINE/RLINEXT source types.
- Debug files added for BUOYLINE and RLINE/RLINEXT source types and urban option.
- Added meander to RLINE/RLINEXT source types.
- General speed improvements for RLINE/RLINEXT source types.
- Added RLINE/RLINEXT to FASTALL option.
- Removed ALPHA requirement for using the urban option with RLINE/RLINEXT and source types. Note the use of the RLINE source type requires the BETA keyword and RLINEXT requires the ALPHA keyword.
- NOMINO3 option has been added that removes the nighttime, stable, minimum ozone restriction of 40 ppb (78 ug/m3) for NO2 conversion.
- The GRSM NO2 conversion method has been changed from ALPHA to BETA status.
- The TTRM2 NO2 conversion method has been added as a new ALPHA NO2 conversion technique. TTRM2 applies the existing TTRM method with one of ARM2, OLM, or PVMRM and will select the lowest NO2 concentration from TTRM and the other selected NO2 technique.
- Added platform downwash algorithm from the OCD model for offshore platforms as an ALPHA option. Platform downwash is enabled using the new keyword PLATFORM on SO pathway to input overwater platform dimensions. Platform downwash has been implemented for POINT, POINTHOR, and POINTCAP source types. Platform downwash does not utilize the PRIME downwash algorithm.
- Added experimental source type SWPOINT as an ALPHA option to facilitate further research of sidewash phenomena caused by building downwash. Sidewash occurs when wind is at an oblique angle to the long side of an elongated building. In this circumstance, there is a lateral shift of the cavity that forms on the lee side of the building. This a point type source with limited input and no buoyancy and does not utilize the PRIME building downwash algorithm.
- Added two ALPHA low wind options (FRANmin and PBAL) to the LOW_WIND keyword in the CO pathway. FRANmin is a user-specified minimum value for the meander factor within a range of 0.0 - 1.0 which overrides the default value of 0.0. PBAL is a secondary keyword to replace the default energy balance approach to determining plume meander with a momentum balance approach.
Main updates and new options in AERMET 22112 are: