Environmental risk mapping of accidental pollution and its zonal prevention in a city

R. Z. Liu*, Alistair G. L. Borthwick, D. D. Lan, W. H. Zeng

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Accidental releases of pollution can have severe environmental, societal, economic, and institutional consequences. This paper considers the use of risk mapping of accidental pollution events, and zonal prevention measures for alleviating the impact on large urban areas. An Environmental Pollution Accident Risk Mapping (EPARM) model is constructed according to a mapping index system supported by quantitative sub-models dedicated to evaluating the risk arising from different sources of potential accidental pollution. The EPARM approach consists of identifying suitable indexes, assessment of environmental risk at regional and national scales based on information on previous pollution accidents and the prevailing environmental and social conditions, and use of GIS to map the overall risk. A case study of pollution accidents in Minghang District, Shanghai, China is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model. The paper also proposes a systemic framework for accidental environmental pollution risk prevention, and detailed countermeasures for specific risk zones. (c) 2012 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-404
Number of pages8
JournalProcess safety and environmental protection
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


  • Risk mapping
  • Environmental pollution
  • Accident
  • Zonal governance
  • Prevention
  • Shanghai


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