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Computer Simulation Of The Visual Effects Of Smoke Plumes
Author(s): Michael D. Williams; Mona J. Wecksung; Ellen M. Leonard
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Paper Abstract

With recent changes provided by the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1977, the effect of industrial smoke plumes on scenic landscapes assumes heightened importance. The impact of large coal-fired power plants is most easily understood through the use of before-and-after photographs. A technique has been developed to modify a clean "before" scene as dictated by solutions to the radiation transfer problem in a polluted atmosphere. This allows one to produce simulated "after" scenes, which can illustrate the visual effects of pollutants emitted under a variety of circumstances. Application of this technique to very large coal-fired power plants suggests that such facilities may impair scenic vistas under some circumstances, unless stricter pollution controls and standards are enforced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1978
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0142, Optical Properties of the Atmosphere, (18 August 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956538
Show Author Affiliations
Michael D. Williams, John Muir Institute (United States)
Mona J. Wecksung, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (United States)
Ellen M. Leonard, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0142:
Optical Properties of the Atmosphere
Robert Sepucha, Editor(s)

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