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Integration and Evaluation of Global Emissions Inventories in the NEISGEI Framework

Project Leads and Affiliations:

Terry J. Keating, EPA/Office of Air and Radiation Stefan Falke and Rudolf Husar, CAPITA, Washington University, St. Louis Gregory Stella, Alpine Geophysics

Key Collaborators:

Douglas Solomon, Tom Pace, Dennis Doll, and Carey Jang, EPA/Office of Air and Radiation Alice Gilliland, NOAA on detail to EPA/Office of Research and Development Lorraine Remer and Allen Chu, NASA/GSFC

Project Abstract Written: October 2005

Project Timeframe: 2006 - 2008

Project Summary:

An international Task Force on the Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollutants (TF HTAP, see http://www.htap.org/ Exit EPA Disclaimer) has recently been organized under the auspices of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP Convention). Under the leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Commission's Environment Directorate, the task force is charged with assessing the evidence for the intercontinental transport of air pollutants in the Northern Hemisphere and providing assessments of its implications for future international cooperation to abate air pollution. The project is intended to contribute to the work of this task force by helping to improve the emissions inventories that underlie modeling analyses of intercontinental transport. More specifically, the project will:

The work will be performed through an existing cooperative agreement with the Center for Air Pollution Information and Trends Analysis (CAPITA) at Washington University, St. Louis, with advice and assistance from collaborating EPA and NASA staff. The tools and data produced in this effort will be made publicly available through the web portal of the Networked Environmental Information System for Global Emissions Inventories (NEISGEI), which is supported under the cooperative agreement. Findings will be presented at TF HTAP workshops in October 2006 and January 2007 and incorporated into TF HTAP assessment plans.

In addition to supporting the TF HTAP, the project will provide useful products for national, state, and local air quality managers who must assess the impacts of intercontinental transport and emissions from wildfires and agricultural burning on local air quality in the context of air quality forecasting and control strategy development.

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