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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2019-120
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Submitted as: data description paper 14 Aug 2019

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A dataset of tracer concentrations and meteorological observations from the Bolzano Tracer EXperiment (BTEX) to characterize pollutant dispersion processes in an Alpine valley

Marco Falocchi1,2, Werner Tirler3, Lorenzo Giovannini1, Elena Tomasi4, Gianluca Antonacci4, and Dino Zardi1,2 Marco Falocchi et al.
  • 1Atmospheric Physics Group, Department of Civil Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Trento, Italy)
  • 2C3A – Center Agriculture Food Environment, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
  • 3Eco–Research srl, Via Negrelli 13, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
  • 4CISMA S.r.l., Via Ipazia 2 c/o NOI Techpark, 39100 Bolzano, Italy

Abstract. The paper describes the dataset of concentrations and related meteorological measurements collected during the field campaign of the Bolzano Tracer Experiment (BTEX). The experiment was performed to characterize the dispersion of pollutants emitted from a waste incinerator in the basin of the city of Bolzano, in the Italian Alps. As part of the experiment two controlled releases of a passive gas tracer (sulfure exafluoride, SF6) were performed through the stack of the incinerator on 14 February 2017 for two different time-lags, starting respectively at 07:00 LST and 12:45 LST. Samples of ambient air were collected at target sites with vacuum-filled glass bottles and polyvinyl fluoride bags, and later analyzed by means of a mass spectrometer (detectability limit 30 pptv). Meteorological conditions were monitored by a network of 15 ground weather stations, 1 microwave temperature profiler, 1 SODAR and 1 Doppler Wind-LIDAR. The dataset represents one of the few examples available in the literature concerning dispersion processes in a typical mountain valley environment and provides a useful benchmark for testing atmospheric dispersion models in complex terrain. The dataset described in this paper is available at https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.898761 (Falocchi et al., 2019).

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This paper describes a dataset of tracer concentrations and meteorological measurements collected during the Bolzano Tracer EXperiment (BTEX), to evaluate the pollutant dispersion from a waste incinerator close to Bolzano (Italian Alps). BTEX represents one of the few experiments available in the literature performed over complex mountainous terrain to evaluate dispersion processes by means of controlled tracer releases. This dataset represents a useful benchmark for testing dispersion model.
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