How Do Skyscrapers Affect Where Urban Pollution Goes?

Wind tunnel investigation of the downwash effect of a rooftop structure on plume dispersion(Abstract, Amit Gupta, Ted Stathopoulos, Patrick Saathoff, Atmospheric Environment, Jan. 2012)

Also discussed here: Air Pollution, Gone With the Wind: Proposed New Building Guidelines to Clean Up the Air We Breath(Science Daily, Nov. 1, 2012)

And here: Tracer Gas dispersion in an Urban Environment:Scaling Considerations in wind tunnel testing(13 page pdf, Amit Gupta, Ted Stathopoulos, Journal of Wind and Engineering, Jan. 2012)

And here: Air pollution, gone with the wind -Concordia researchers propose new building guidelines to clean up city air(University Communications Services, Concordia University, Nov. 2, 2012)

And here: Why skyscrapers are polluting our cities(FirstPost, Nov. 2, 2012)

Today we review award winning research in Montreal that uses wind tunnels to examine the circulation of pollution from one building to another. Suggested solutions include better spacing between buildings and better location of air vents.

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