On the exploitation of dose-response information for the source-reconstruction in the case of atmospheric hazardous material releases
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2018 Hungarian Meteorological Service. All Rights Reserved. The atmospheric release of hazardous materials in urban or industrial environments can be the result of an accident, with potential consequences on local or regional scale, or can be an intentional act of violence. In such cases, the highest uncertainty is associated with the location of the release and the quantity of the released substance. So far, all related studies focus on the use of air concentrations as prior information and the development of sophisticated inverse modelling methods. However, in a real case, this information is probably not available to the required extent or at all. The present study examines the hypothesis of using health observations (symptoms like coughing, headaches, asthma attacks and deaths) to derive dosages and air concentration levels of the released hazardous substances.