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Air Quality Modeling - Resources: Tools and Training

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Tools and Training

Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) for Models-3
Computer-Assisted Protective Action Recommendation System (CAPARS)
European-Developed Models
Finnish Meteorological Institute: Dispersion modeling projects
GAIA Model Base Air Quality Simulation Models
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) Toolkit
U.S. Directory of Atmospheric Transport and Diffusion Consequence Assessment Models
U.S. EPA Air Pollution Training Institute - Modeling Training
U.S. EPA Models
U.S. EPA's Technology Transfer Network: Air Quality Models

AQM System Flow Chart Highlighting Human and Environmental Assessment


Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) for Models-3

http://www.cmascenter.org Exit EPA

Models-3 represents the U.S. EPA's first tangible product to evolve out of the community modeling paradigm. Thus, as there is now a framework for a community model in Models-3, the CMAS is a centralized coordination of efforts for mutual benefit to scientists, model developers, practitioners of modeling, and regulatory users of modeled results. Currently, the following activities are available through the CMAS: on-line help desk, model downloads, training courses, conferences, model development assistance, model documentation, and model-related research.

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Computer-Assisted Protective Action Recommendation System (CAPARS)

http://gis.esri.com/library/userconf/proc97/proc97/to350/pap344/p344.htm Exit EPA

Combining advances in the sciences of atmospheric dispersion modeling, geographical information management, communications, and computer hardware, the Computer-Assisted Protective Action Recommendation System (CAPARS) is a state-of-the-art capability, operating off a UNIX workstation, for predicting the path and impacts from an atmospheric release of hazardous materials. This paper, presented in July 1997 by Alpha Trac, describes a case study of the Regional Atmospheric Response Center in Denver, Colorado.

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European-Developed Models

http://www.stadtklima.de/webklima/EN/E_1tools.htm Exit EPA

This site, provided by the Internet Journal of Urban Climate, gives a list of over 30 air dispersion models (and other related models) used in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Each model listing includes a description of the model and how to contact each model developer/distributor.

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Finnish Meteorological Institute: Dispersion modeling projects

http://www.fmi.fi/research_air/air_2.html Exit EPA

Atmospheric dispersion models have been developed and applied at the Finnish Meteorological Institute since the early 1970's. This site addresses both urban air quality and regional and long-range transport. More specifically, detailed information on several international and national urban air quality projects is given along with examples of models. Additionally, information on the HILATAR model for regional and long-range transport is given.

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GAIA Model Base Air Quality Simulation Models

http://www.ess.co.at/GAIA/models/aria.htm Exit EPA

This page contains a database of 27 different air dispersion models. Each model entry includes: a description, software availability, the original authors, literature references, and validation studies pertaining to the model. The GAIA website is sponsored by a consortium of 10 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America and maintained through the European Commission.

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International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) Toolkit

http://www.ipieca.org/downloads/health/UAQM_Vol2.pdf (PDF, 64 pp., 3 MB) Exit EPA

As part of their Urban Air Quality Management (UAQM) Programme, the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) has developed a PC-based emission inventory model, known as the IPIECA Toolkit. The Toolkit allows policy makers and planners to build an accurate and comprehensive emissions inventory upon which to assess the cost-effectiveness of alternative measures to reduce emissions.

The document link discusses the principles behind emission inventories and describes the emission inventory model, IPIECA Toolkit. The Toolkit is currently freely available to non-profit making organizations. For information on access to the model, please visit the group's website at http://www.ipieca.org/index.html.

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U.S. Directory of Atmospheric Transport and Diffusion Consequence Assessment Models

http://www.ofcm.gov/atd_dir/pdf/frontpage.htm Exit EPA

The U.S. Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration produced a report in 1999 with an in-depth compilation and description of atmospheric transport and dispersion models. The intended audience is people with consequence assessment responsibilities (i.e., for assessing hazardous materials releases).

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U.S. EPA Air Pollution Training Institute - Modeling Training

http://www.epa.gov/oar/oaqps/eog/catalog/otccour.html

Modeling Training Courses Offered: 411 Air Pollution Dispersion Models - Fundamental Concepts 423 Air Pollution Dispersion Models - Applications 424 Source Receptor Modeling

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U.S. EPA Models

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/models.htm

Contains a listing of many EPA Models.

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U.S. EPA's Technology Transfer Network: Air Quality Models

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/scram/

Support Center for Regulatory Air Models (SCRAM)

This website is a source of information on atmospheric dispersion (air quality) models that support regulatory programs required by the Clean Air Act. Documentation and guidance for these computerized models are a major feature of this website. The computer code, data and technical documents offered herein deal with mathematical modeling for the dispersion of air pollutants.

The site contains links to sections on the following topics: - What's New - Public Forum - Dispersion Models - Receptor Models - Meteorological Data - Guidance/Support - 7th Modeling Conference - Related Links and Contacts - Regional Modeling Center

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