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Volume 19
Adv. Geosci., 19, 33–38, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-19-33-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
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Adv. Geosci., 19, 33–38, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-19-33-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  14 Nov 2008

14 Nov 2008

Non-invasive methods applied to the case of Municipal Solid Waste landfills (MSW): analysis of long-term data

A. Scozzari A. Scozzari
  • CNR Institute of Geoscience and Earth Resources, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy

Abstract. This work presents and discusses a methodology for modeling the behavior of a landfill system in terms of biogas release to the atmosphere, relating this quantity to local meteorological parameters. One of the most important goals in the study of MSW sites lies in the optimization of biogas collection, thus minimizing its release to the atmosphere.

After an introductory part, that presents the context of non-invasive measurements for the assessment of biogas release, the concepts of survey mapping and automatic flux monitoring are introduced.

Objective of this work is to make use of time series coming from long-term flux monitoring campaigns in order to assess the trend of gas release from the MSW site. A key aspect in processing such data is the modeling of the effect of meteorological parameters over such measurements; this is accomplished by modeling the system behavior with a set of Input/Output data to characterize it without prior knowledge (system identification).

The system identification approach presented here is based on an adaptive simulation concept, where a set of Input/Output data help training a "black box" model, without necessarily a prior analytical knowledge. The adaptive concept is based on an Artificial Neural Network scheme, which is trained by real-world data coming from a long-term monitoring campaign; such data are also used to test the real forecasting capability of the model.

In this particular framework, the technique presented in this paper appears to be very attractive for the evaluation of biogas releases on a long term basis, by simulating the effects of meteorological parameters over the flux measurement, thus enhancing the extraction of the useful information in terms of a gas "flux" quantity.

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