EPA Science Inventory

“AQMEII Phase 2: Overview and WRF/CMAQ Application over North America”.

Citation:

Hogrefe, C., S. Galmarini, S. Roselle, AND R. Mathur. “AQMEII Phase 2: Overview and WRF/CMAQ Application over North America”. Presented at 33rd International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modeling & Its Application, Miami, FL, August 26 - 30, 2013.

Description:

This presentation provides an overview of the second phase of the Air Quality Model Evaluation International Initative (AQMEII). Activities in this phase are focused on the application and evaluation of coupled meteorology-chemistry models to assess how well these models can simulate the observed spatio-temporal variability in the optical and radiative characteristics of atmospheric aerosols and associated feedbacks among aerosols, radiation, clouds, and precipitation. To this end, these modeling systems are being applied for annual simulations over both North America and Europe using common emissions and boundary conditions for all modeling groups. We present an overview of these common input datasets, observational datasets for model evaluation, and case studies for diagnostic evaluation. In addition to this overview, we also present results from AQMEII Phase 2 WRF/CMAQ simulations over North America for both 2006 and 2010. The time period between 2006 and 2010 was characterized by a 35% reduction in U.S. SO2 emissions and 20% reduction in U.S. NOx emissions, providing an opportunity for dynamic model evaluation by investigating the impact of emission reductions on ambient concentrations as well as aerosol/radiation feedback effects. We present results of this dynamic evaluation.

Purpose/Objective:

The National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division (AMAD) conducts research in support of EPA mission to protect human health and the environment. AMAD research program is engaged in developing and evaluating predictive atmospheric models on all spatial and temporal scales for forecasting the air quality and for assessing changes in air quality and air pollutant exposures, as affected by changes in ecosystem management and regulatory decisions. AMAD is responsible for providing a sound scientific and technical basis for regulatory policies based on air quality models to improve ambient air quality. The models developed by AMAD are being used by EPA, NOAA, and the air pollution community in understanding and forecasting not only the magnitude of the air pollution problem, but also in developing emission control policies and regulations for air quality improvements.

URLs/Downloads:

HOGREFE_ITM2013_V3.PPTX

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Start Date: 07/10/2014
Completion Date: 07/10/2014
Record Last Revised: 07/14/2014
Record Created: 07/10/2014
Record Released: 07/10/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 280776

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LAB

ATMOSPHERIC MODELING DIVISION