Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member

Darrell W. Pepper

Number of Pages



Numerous atmospheric dispersion models for emergency response exist. The Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services is leading the development of new atmospheric dispersion models for emergency response. Collaborative efforts, mutual aid agreements, and partnerships synergize forming meteorological data networks providing atmospheric modeling for enhancing emergency response. Technological advances in computer meteorological forecasts are producing data used for predicting wind field plume flow for potential emergency response; Fire stations make excellent sites for meteorological towers because they are located in fire response districts distributed throughout a community and the meteorological data gathered may serve multiple purposes; A tower was sited at a fire station for this study. Meteorological station siting plays an important role in the quality of reported data. Data from this study found wind speed to be greater at 20 meters vs. 10 meters. Wind direction was fundamentally the same at both heights during this study.


Emergency; Field; Flow; Homeland; Plume; Response; Security; Wind

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Atmospheric physics; Environmental engineering; Environmental sciences

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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