“TELMA” - A policy model for optimal allocation of region-wide emissions

Mira G. Baron, Mordechai Shechter, Shmuel Amir

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The paper describes a policy tool capable of solving and evaluating cost-effective policies for the optimal allocation of a region's air-shed resources among competing pollution sources. It is designed specifically to evaluate the economic implications of changes in ambient air-quality standards, the use of alternative abatement technologies or different pollution control approaches. The highly-polluted air-shed of the metropolitan region of the Haifa Bay area in northern Israel has been selected for testing the usefulness of the model. The policy analysis tool is a PC software package. It is a flexible, user-friendly planning model for evaluating alternative scenarios involving changes in policy parameters. It consists of an optimization module (a mixed integer programming model), a pollution dispersion module and an interface module, which connects these two modules together, and serves as an interface between them and the user, via a sequence of menu screens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994


  • Computer software
  • Dispersion model
  • Economic efficiency
  • Environmental regulation
  • Mixed integer programming
  • Pollution abatement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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