I am wondering if anyone can point me to a resource that will provide a way to model out smells of a garbage dump based on wind? I have been searching through articles on down wind pollution models and the like but have not been able to successfully find anything.

I am fine with using any open source solutions or ESRI based products.

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    I think you need to be a bit clearer. What was wrong with the downwind pollution models in the articles you did find? How specialised do you want it? Household garbage? Recycling facilities? Land fill sites?
    – Spacedman
    Jul 28, 2016 at 14:44
  • @spacedman thanks for the comment. In terms of specifics, I am looking to model out smell downwind from a landfill site. I was not able to find any tools or readings on the subject so I defaulted here.
    – MDHald
    Jul 28, 2016 at 18:12
  • Have you looked into citizen complaint databases? It seems like odor complaints could be used. Jul 28, 2016 at 18:19
  • Have you looked at ALOHA? Never used it myself. response.restoration.noaa.gov/aloha
    – recurvata
    Jul 28, 2016 at 18:45
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    @Tom I have found wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database via wind map. There is also a source from ESRI for Simple Wind Speed and Direction
    – MDHald
    Aug 2, 2016 at 14:18

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You may want to try ALOHA from NOAA. They have data and feeds for a variety of meteorological factors. ALOHA calculates wind plumes.

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