Details of Whistleberry Plume Plotter

This page should be read in conjunction with How Plume Plotter Works. It provides more details specific to the Whistleberry version of Plume Plotter.

Stacks and buildings

The incinerator building is much shorter than the stack and not expected to affect the plume, but the main building has nevertheless been included in our model. Building measurements are taken from the site layout which is also included in [2].

This image shows the layout of the stack and buildings modelled:

Stack measurements

All of these are taken from [2] except the stack location which is not stated but was calculated from the site layout included in [2]:

The following values are used for albedo, Bowen ratio and roughness length. None of these are specified in [1] or [2]:


The emission rates of pollutants are taken from [2]. These are:

PollutantEmission rate
per second
Oxides of nitrogen7.56 g
Particulates378 mg
TOC378 mg
Hydrogen chloride378 mg
Hydrogen flouride37.8 mg
Carbon monoxide1.89 g
Sulphur dioxide1.89 g
Ammonia264.6 mg
Cadmium and thallium1.89 mg
Mercury1.89 mg
Other metals18.9 mg
Dioxins and furans3.78 ng
PaH378 μg
PCB189 μg

Background levels

The background levels of pollutants are taken from [1]. These are:

concentration per m3
Oxides of nitrogen14.7 μg
Particulates12.7 μg
TOC450 ng
Hydrogen chloride240 ng
Hydrogen flouride3 μg
Carbon monoxide150 μg
Sulphur dioxide2.1 μg
Ammonia1.4 μg
Cadmium and thallium300 pg
Mercury2 ng
Other metals54.53 ng
Dioxins and furans28.8 fg
PaH330 pg
PCB440 pg

Weather data

Wind speed, wind direction, temperature, pressure, and solar radiation are the latest values reported by one of two weather stations. If a value is not available from the primary weather station it is obtained from the secondary weather station. (Some weather stations do not measure solar radiation at all.) The primary weather station is and the secondary weather station is .

Upper air data is the latest reported by the Albemarle upper air station.


1. Whistleberry Road, Hamilton Energy Recovery Centre: Environmental Impact Assessment Volume 1. Entran Ltd. May 2017.

2. Whistleberry Road, Hamilton Energy Recovery Centre: Environmental Impact Assessment Volume 2. Entran Ltd. May 2017.