The most severe industrial accidents are those involving dangerous chemicals, as they represent a significant threat to health and the environment. Furthermore, such accidents cause huge economic losses and disrupt sustainable growth. However, the use of large amounts of hazardous chemicals is inevitable in some industrial sectors that are essential to a modern industrialized society. To minimize the damage associated with a chemical accident, both measures are required to prevent serious accidents and the availability of tools that guarantee an adequate response to the demands once the accident has occurred.
In order to improve the ability to respond to atmospheric emergencies in the event of accidental leaks and uncontrolled emissions, Meteosim has a tool for this purpose, the CtrackM system (“Chemical Track Modeling”). CtrackM is a SaaS solution to support decision-making in atmospheric chemical emergencies with the ability to quickly assess the impact generated by an emission (trajectories and dispersion of pollutants) and to identify possible emission sources associated with a pollution event ( retro-trajectories).
The tool allows risk prevention and emergency management teams the possibility of analyzing an accident and its evolution in a few seconds to favor decision-making in real time. The compatibility of this tool with the data generated by sources of environmental information in the area (sensors, meteorological models and warning systems) allows deploying an integrated analytical capacity for both past-time and real-time accidents and their immediate evolution.
Thanks to the specific CtrackM web interface, a series of specific information tools are available for managing atmospheric emergencies in industrial environments:
- Severe weather forecasts and alerts in areas of operation.
- Integration and synchronization of networks of environmental sensors deployed in real time.
- Analysis of wind trajectories and retro-trajectories on request.
- Analysis of dispersion and deposition of accidental scenarios on request.
- Export and integration of results to formats compatible with other systems.