Advances in Air Quality Analysis and Prediction: The Interaction of Science and Policy

July 25 - August 5, 2016

NCAR - Boulder, Colorado, USA

NCAR Organizers:

Chair: Arthur Mizzi - ACOM

Helen Worden - ACOM

Gabriele Pfister - ACOM

Luca Delle Monache - RAL

David Edwards - ACOM

Jeffrey L. Anderson - CISL

Chris Snyder - MMM

Pablo Saide - ASP/ACOM

Jerome Barre - ACOM

Benjamin Gaubert - ACOM

University Organizers:

Avelino Arellano - University of Arizona

Gregory Carmichael - University of Iowa

Daven Henze - University of Colorado

Georg Grell - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


This colloquium for advanced graduate students whose expertise included atmospheric composition analysis and prediction (i.e., chemical data assimilation, atmospheric composition forecasting, and/or emissions estimation). It featured lectures from domestic and international experts on: the United States' air quality legal and regulatory framework, atmospheric composition observations (in situ and remote), chemical data assimilation, atmospheric composition forecasts, and modern emission estimation techniques. Tutorials and computer-based exercises provided experience with air quality regulations, chemical data assimilation, air quality forecasts, and emissions estimation.

Motivation and Timeliness:

Ambient air quality has widespread domestic and international importance. It impacts human health and welfare across multiple temporal and spatial scales. Its regulatory environment and observation/forecast technologies are evolving rapidly. Understanding the emerging regulations and technologies is essential for all aspiring air quality scientists. 


This colloquium provided attendees with an integrated conceptual understanding of air quality regulation, analysis, and forecasting. Attendees learned about air quality hot topics and state-of-the art assimilation, forecasting, and emission estimation techniques. Attendees also gained hands-on experience with those techniques.