21st Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts were due on August 15, 2019.

Abstract Fee and Author Instructions

The 21st Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and organized by the AMS Committee on Meteorological Aspects of Air Pollution Meteorology, will be held 12 - 16 January 2020, as part of the 100th AMS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (https://annual.ametsoc.org/) in late-September 2019.

Call for Papers

The theme for the 2020 AMS Annual Meeting, “The AMS Past, Present and Future: Linking Information to Knowledge to Society (LINKS)”, weaves the many parts of AMS into a common core. Emphasizing the academic and research strength of AMS, the theme connects the research and application aspects of Applications in Air Pollution

Meteorology to the benefits that society gains from better communication of information on air quality and pollution. The 2020 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. For a full description of the theme, please visit the AMS 2020 Annual Meeting web page at https://annual.ametsoc.org/.


Papers for this conference are solicited on topics associated with ALL aspects of air pollution meteorology. In particular, 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 sessions on the following topics:


  1. Global to Local Scale Coupled Meteorology and Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling

  2. Air Quality Forecasting

  3. Advancements and Needs in Dispersion Modeling

    1. Advances in boundary layer and dispersion modeling for Green House Gasses

    2. The roles of plume, puff, Lagrangian particle, and other approaches

    3. Long-range transport models, and

    4. Use of mesoscale models for providing meteorological data driving applied dispersion models

    5. Dispersion predictions for short averaging times (sec to minutes) in hazards and other assessments,

  4. Modeling and Monitoring of Air Pollution in the Urban Environment

    1. Advances in Modeling Urban Airborne Pollutant Transport and Dispersion

    2. Mesoscale to Microscale Modeling of Urban Air Pollution

    3. Meteorological Modeling to Understand Hyper-Local Scale Air Pollution

    4. Coupling Outdoor Urban Air Pollution to Indoor Air Quality

  5. Air Pollution Health Impacts Assessments

    1. Need, Insights, Opportunities & Barriers

    2. Big Data in Hyperlocal Assessments

  6. Measurements and Standards in Air Pollution Meteorology

    1. Observational studies that include new field instrumentation

    2. Air pollution experimental and network design/execution

    3. Improvements in remote sensing including satellite-based observations and

    4. Studies characterizing the impacts of new EPA standards

    5. Laboratory Simulations of Atmospheric Dispersion Processes

    6. Advancements in measuring/modeling air pollution sources to demonstrate regulatory compliance

  7. Inverse Modeling and Source Term Estimation

    1. Inverse modeling for greenhouse gas emission assessments

    2. Inverse modeling applications for source assessment in urban areas.

  8. Modeling of Other Complex Air Pollution Meteorological Phenomena

    1. Dense gas clouds,

    2. Building downwash,

    3. and other source effects (e.g., moist plumes, stacks in a line)

    4. Dispersion in light/variable winds

    5. Dispersion in coastal and complex terrain regions

    6. Deposition and re-suspension of particles, and

    7. The impact of urban vegetation/trees.

  9. Application of Real-time and Historical Lower Air Profiler Data to Air Pollution Forecasting, Air Quality Trends, and Dispersion Model Applications

  10. Wildfires Attributes and Air Pollution Impacts in a Changing Climate

  11. Atmospheric Boundary Layer Processes: Accomplishments to date and future research endeavors

  12. Meteorological Modeling to Understand Hyper-Local Scale Air Pollution

  13. Ultrafine Particulate Matter Exposure Assessment and Health Studies



Please contact the program chairpersons if you would like to propose a session topic for this conference.  Please submit your abstract electronically via the Web by 15 August 2019 (refer to the AMS Web page at https://ams.confex.com/ams). An abstract fee (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted).  The abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation which will be archived on the AMS Web site.


Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by late-September 2019. All extended abstracts are to be submitted electronically and will be available on-line via the Web.  Instructions for formatting extended abstracts will be posted on the AMS Web site. Authors have the option to submit manuscripts (up to 10 MB) electronically. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS Web site at no cost.

Student Award Opportunities

The Committee on Meteorological Aspects of Air Pollution Meteorology is pleased to offer two $750.00 student presenter travel allowance awards. This travel allowance award is designed to cover registration fees, transportation costs, food and lodging for students presenting poster or oral papers at the Air Pollution Meteorology Conference. Please note that this student presenter travel allowance is not the same as an AMS travel grant. An AMS travel grant is limited to students NOT presenting a paper at the conference. For more information on student funding grants, see the AMS web site: https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/information-for/students/ams-student-travel-grants/ Students are asked at the time of the abstract submission if they want to be considered for such awards. To be considered for an award, the applicant should prepare a short, written statement (no more than one page) declaring their financial need and circumstance, relevance of their research to the conference, how they will benefit from attending the conference, and a copy of their abstract for the meeting.

Conference Contact(s)

For additional information please contact the program chairperson(s), Dr. Sarav Arunachalam (sarav@email.unc.edu), Dr. Paul E. Bieringer (paulb@aerisllc.com ), and Dr. Erik Kabela (kabelaed@ornl.gov ).