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The air quality impact of the port of Amsterdam on its environment: Development of an air quality tool

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Author: Klok, L. · Breemen, T. van · Hulskotte, J.
Publisher: University of West Macedonia
Source:Bartzis J.G.Andronopoulos S.Syrakos A., HARMO 2011 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes, 222-224
Identifier: 527039
ISBN: 9789608965065
Keywords: Environment · Air quality · Port emissions · Particulate matter · Nitrogen dioxide · Urban Development · Built Environment · Earth & Environment · UES - Urban Environment & Safety · EELS - Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences


Due to the expansion of the Port of Amsterdam, Urban development and the construction of new highways, air pollution levels are about to exceed European guidelines in and around the port region of Amsterdam. To assess the air quality in this region and the impact of theport emissions on its environment, an air quality tool has been developed. It calculates the contribution from the emissions in the port of Amsterdam to the total air pollution for nitrogen dioxide (NO<inf>2</inf>) and particulate matter (PM<inf>10</inf>). The tool is used to calculate annual mean concentrations for actual conditions and future scenario's. It takes into account emissions from traffic, industrial facilities, trans-shipment, navigating ships and ships in the port. For the year 2009, calculations show a relatively small annual mean contribution of the port emissions on the air pollution levels surrounding the port region.