Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling

The UK Dispersion Modelling Bureau is part of the UK Met Office which is the UK's national weather and meteorological service. The meteorologists in the bureau are among the UK's leading experts in areas such:

  • Meteorology
  • Air quality studies and forecasting
  • Air pollution dispersion modelling [1][2]
  • Industrial emissions [3]

Consultancy services[]

The bureau has a team of air quality specialists dedicated to providing advice, support, and consultancy service to industry, government, local authorities and private consultants. The team has particular expertise with long and short range dispersion modelling using the NAME, AERMOD, ADMS-3, BOXURB and other dispersion models.

The bureau's consultancy services include:

  • Height assessments of industrial stacks discharging airborne pollutants
  • Long-term environmental impact studies of airborne pollutant emissions
  • Scenario modelling and analyses of accidental releases of airborne pollutants
  • Air pollution forecasting studies
  • Studies of long-range trans-boundary transport of air pollutants
  • Urban air quality modelling
  • Providing site-specific meteorological data


  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.
  3. AP 42 Compilation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors (online version)

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