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An overview of the REDIPHEM project

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The Commission of the European Communities has been funding research projects to develop an understanding of chemical and physical phenomena related to industrial hazards, such as toxic and flammable releases and explosions. These projects result in predictive models and experimental data. To make these models and data available for a wider community and to judge their areas of application, the REDIPHEM project (REview and DIssemination of PHysical Effect Models) was started. This project covers two topics: heavy gas dispersion and source terms. This paper describes the activities and status of REDIPHEM. Moreover, it addresses the problems related to the design of a statistical validation exercise for heavy gas models.

Keywords: evaluation protocol, heavy gas dispersion, physical effect models, statistical validation, atmospheric dispersion models, environmental impact assessment, air pollution, environmental pollution, modelling, source terms

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