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Modeling and Simulation of Hazardous Material Releases for Homeland Security Applications



Charles R. McLean, Yung-Tsun Lee, Sanjay Jain, Charles W. Hutchings


The purpose of this document is to provide: 1) a compendium of information pertaining to the modeling and simulation of hazardous material releases, and 2) a foundation for the establishment of a modeling and simulation technical interest group whose focus is information exchange on hazardous material release issues. The document includes relevant, publicly available information from a number of sources within Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the modeling and simulation (M&S) community. The document defines an initial set of user/customer needs. An initial set of M&S system requirements is provided. Hazardous material release M&S information sources and capabilities such as projects, tools, standards, and data sets are also identified. The document concludes with a discussion of issues, concerns, and recommendations for advancing M&S for hazardous material releases. It also provides references for further information on topics addressed in this report.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7786
Report Number


Needs analysis, requirements, tools, projects, models, standards


McLean, C. , Lee, Y. , Jain, S. and Hutchings, C. (2011), Modeling and Simulation of Hazardous Material Releases for Homeland Security Applications, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created August 31, 2011, Updated October 12, 2021