Point source pollution


Point source pollution

A point source of pollution is a single identifiable "localized" source of air, water, thermal, noise or light pollution. A point source has negligible extent, distinguishing it from other pollution source geometries. The sources are called "point sources" because in mathematical modeling, they can be approximated as a mathematical point to simplify analysis. Pollution point sources are identical to other physics, engineering, optics and chemistry point sources except that their emissions have been labeled
* Water pollution from an oil refinery wastewater discharge outlet
* Noise pollution from a jet engine
* Disruptive seismic vibration from a localized seismic study
* Light pollution from an intrusive street light
* Thermal pollution from an industrial process outfall
* Radio emissions from an interference-producing electrical device

Types of air pollution sources which have finite extent are line sources, area sources and volume sources. Air pollution sources are also often categorized as either stationary or mobile.

ee also

*ADMS 3 (an air pollution dispersion model)
*AERMOD (an air pollution dispersion model)
*Air pollution dispersion terminology
*CALPUFF (an air pollution dispersion model)
*Compilation of atmospheric dispersion models
*DISPERSION21 (an air pollution dispersion model)
*Major stationary source
*MERCURE (an air pollution dispersion model)
*NAME (an air pollution dispersion model)
*Nonpoint source pollution
*PUFF-PLUME (an air pollution dispersion model)


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