Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling

NERI, the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark (Danish: Danmarks Miljøundersøgelser or simply DMU), is an independent research institute under the Danish Ministry of the Environment. NERI undertakes scientific consultancy work and monitoring of nature and the environment as well as applied and strategic research. NERI’s primary task is to establish a scientific foundation for environmental policy decisions.

NERI participates in a large number of national and international research programmes, and also participates in scientific working groups, commissions, and organizations under such bodies as the European Union and the United Nations.

Departments within NERI[]

NERI includes a number of departments devoted to various environmental and ecological categories:

  • Department of Policy Analysis
  • Department of Atmospheric Environment
  • Deparment of Marine Ecology
  • Department of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
  • Department of Artic Environment
  • Department of Terrestrial Ecology
  • Department of Freshwater Ecology
  • Department of Ecology and Biodiversity

Department of Atmospheric Environment (ATMI)[]

NERI monitors air pollution in Denmark and Greenland, and works with mathematical atmospheric dispersion models[1][2] to describe transport, transformation and deposition of air pollutants. The models range in spatial resolution from local air pollution in a single street, to both nation-wide and global air pollution. NERI compiles Danish emission inventories as part of Denmark's obligations in accordance with international conventions.

NERI also participates in many international collaboration networks within the field of air pollution, and it hosts websites for several such networks.

NERI's Department of Atmospheric Environment (ATMI) has a staff of over 65 scientists and researchers who conduct work within the following fields:

  • Monitoring and mapping of the air quality in Denmark and the Arctic.
  • Research, development and application of atmospheric chemical dispersion models.
  • Studying air pollution scenarios and prognoses as well as air pollution from vehicular traffic.
  • Studies, analyses, and models for the transport, transformation and fate of toxic air pollutants.


  1. Turner, D.B. (1994), Workbook of atmospheric dispersion estimates: an introduction to dispersion modeling, CRC Press, ISBN: 156670023X.
  2. Beychok, Milton R., Fundamentals of Stack Gas Dispersion, (2005), 4th Edition, author-published, ISBN: 0964458802.

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