Modeling Odor Dispersion From a Swine Facility Using AERMOD

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2007-09-16
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Schulte, Dennis
Modi, Manish
Henry, Christopher
Stowell, Richard
Billesbach, David
Jacobson, Larry
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Hoff, Steven
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

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In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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Meteorological conditions, odor emissions, and ambient odor levels at a four-barn, swine finishing facility in Iowa were measured in the summer and fall of 2004. This paper compares ambient odor levels measured using a Nasal Ranger® compared to those predicted by AERMOD, a relatively new air dispersion model. Scaling factors needed to adjust predicted odor levels to those observed ranged from 1.66 to 3.12, depending on the source configuration used by the model. Predicted odors levels from the point source configuration required the smallest scaling factor (1.66) and accounted for the greatest percentage of variability in the data when compared to Nasal Ranger readings.

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This proceeding is from International Symposium on Air Quality and Waste Management for Agriculture, 16-19 September 2007, Broomfield, Colorado 701P0907cd.

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