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Preface: Special issue of Atmospheric Environment for AQMEII

Citation:

Galmarini, S., S. T. RAO, AND D. Steyn. Preface: Special issue of Atmospheric Environment for AQMEII. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY, 53(June):1-3, (2012).

Impact/Purpose:

The National Exposure Research Laboratory′s (NERL′s) Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division (AMAD) conducts research in support of EPA′s mission to protect human health and the environment. AMAD′s research program is engaged in developing and evaluating predictive atmospheric models on all spatial and temporal scales for forecasting the Nation′s 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.

Description:

In December 2008, a handful of European and North American scientists got together to discuss a possible collaboration on the evaluation of regional-scale air quality models. This led to the development of the Air Quality Model Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII) with the support of the European Commission Joint Research Centre, US-EPA, and Environment Canada. AQMEII’s main goals are: _ exchanging expert knowledge in regional air quality modelling, _ identifying knowledge gaps in air quality science, _ developing innovative methods for evaluating the uncertainty in air quality modelling _ building a common strategy on model development and future research priorities, _ establishing methodologies for model evaluation to increase knowledge on atmospheric processes and to support the use of models for policy development _ preparing coordinated research projects and model intercomparison exercises. While the model evaluation framework was developed already in 2007 during a workshop organised by US-EPA (Dennis et al., 2010), in a follow-up meeting organised by the EC-Joint Research Centre, known as the Stresa workshop in 2009 (Galmarini et al., 2010), the need for undertaking a comprehensive model evaluation activity was identified.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 06/01/2012
Record Last Revised: 06/14/2012
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 241208

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

ATMOSPHERIC MODELING AND ANALYSIS DIVISION

IMMEDIATE OFFICE