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19th Conference on Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology

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Authors & Presenters

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Please note that abstract fees are only refundable if your abstract is rejected for presentation and Any abstracts withdrawn after acceptance must still be paid in full.

Important Dates

  • Check/Change Abstract Title and Author Listing Deadline: 2 November 2015
  • Oral Presentation Upload Deadline (before meeting): 4 January 2016
  • Supplementary Information Upload Deadline 11 February 2015

Sponsors and Organizers

The 19th Conference on Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology is organized by the AMS Committee on Meteorological Aspects of Air Pollution Meteorology and is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society.

Call for Papers

The theme for the 2016 AMS Annual Meeting, “Earth System Science in Service to Society”, weaves the many parts of AMS into a common core. Emphasizing the academic and research strength of AMS, the theme also connects that research to the benefits that society gains from our science. AMS merges the physical, chemical, and biological study of the Earth with human-centered “domains of action”: (1) Observing, (2) Analysis and research leading to understanding, (3) Modeling and prediction, and (4) Social sciences – how people deal with Earth. “Service to Society” explicitly evokes the integrated and complementary government and commercial enterprise that the AMS has done so much to foster over the last decade.  The 2016 meeting integrates AMS’ proud, nearly 100-year history of making a positive difference in the lives of our citizens by continually communicating the advances of its science research to the public and policy makers.

We would like to encourage the submission of papers on transport and dispersion modeling systems, air pollution and atmospheric chemistry, urban meteorology and dispersion, and regional to global scale transport and dispersion.  Studies of interest range from the microscale to the global scale and include field and laboratory measurements, instrumentation, theoretical studies, numerical modeling, evaluation studies, and applications.

This year the conference is organizing special sessions on the following topics:

  1. Measurements and standards in air pollution meteorology including studies characterizing the impacts of new EPA standards.  We encourage submissions on advancements in measuring and modeling air pollution sources to demonstrate regulatory compliance.
  2. Observational studies that include new field instrumentation, air pollution experimental and network design/execution, and improvements in satellite based observations and their use. 
  3. Specialized applications involving models and measurements for ground and air transportation (e.g., aircraft plumes), defense and homeland security, and impacts on human health.
  4. Advancements, and needs in dispersion modeling including: a) the roles of plume, puff, Lagrangian particle, and other approaches, b) predictions for short averaging times (sec to minutes) in hazards and other assessments, and c) use of mesoscale models for providing meteorological data driving applied dispersion models.
  5. Improved modeling and prediction of weather and dispersion in mountainous and complex terrain.
  6. Modeling of complex phenomena such as dense gas and other special source effects (e.g., downwash), dispersion in light/variable winds, dispersion in coastal regions and/or complex terrain, deposition and re-suspension of particles, and the impact of urban vegetation/trees.
  7. Studies on operational air quality predictions and prediction systems with an emphasis on advances in aerosol/contaminant prediction and chemical data assimilation and improvements in emissions for air quality prediction.

Joint Sessions

This year the conference is organizing joint sessions on the following topics:

  1. A joint session will be hosted in collaboration with the Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry on the topics of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution meteorology with a focus on their coupling in chemical transport models for air quality simulations/ applications and in particular for ozone and PM2.5 impacts due to large single sources (e.g., power plants).   Other key issues include the effects of boundary layer and land surface processes on air quality, the impact of clouds and precipitation on air quality, and modeling processes across scales.
  2. A joint session will be hosted in collaboration with the AMS Board on the Urban Environment on the topic of air pollution meteorology in the urban environment.  The focus of this joint session will be on transport and dispersion, effects of turbulence, the boundary layer, stability, and chemistry in the urban canopy. 
  3. A joint session on Air Pollution Meteorology Studies by certified consulting meteorologists (CCMs) will be hosted in collaboration with the AMS Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists. Papers are requested that present examples of air pollution meteorological studies used by meteorological consultants.  Focus should be on the types of models and analysis and the key scientific issues that were addressed.

Student Award Opportunities

The Committee on Meteorological Aspects of Air Pollution Meteorology is proud to award 4 Best Student Presentation Prizes, 2 for oral presentations and 2 for poster presentations.  These awards recognize outstanding student contributions based on an evaluation of both the submitted written paper and corresponding oral or poster presentation.

Students are asked at the time of the abstract submission if they want to be considered for such awards.  In addition, students who want to be considered for travel support will be asked to note this when submitting their abstract, and will be asked to submit a note of justification for funds.  Further details will be posted on the AMS website.

Program Chair(s)

For additional information please contact the program chairperson(s), Dr. Jeff Weil (weil@ucar.edu), Dr. Daniel Mendoza (daniel.mendoza@utah.edu), and Dr. Paul E. Bieringer (paulb@aerisllc.com).