September 1 - 3, 2015, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction 5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740
The goal of the International Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting
Research (IWAQFR) is to provide a venue for the discussion of science
issues and advancements related to air quality forecasting. Workshop
objectives include improving operational air quality forecasts,
promoting collaborations among air quality forecasting researchers and
practitioners, and nurturing an international air quality forecasting
The audiences of the IWAQFR include:
Those directly involved in developing operational air quality
Those involved in research specifically targeted at supporting operational forecasts;
Those working to improve predictive capabilities in areas of particular interest to air
quality forecasting; and
Operational users of air quality forecast models.
Theme 1: Operational Air Quality Forecasting: Progress and Challenges
Papers are solicited describing recent progress in air quality
forecasting efforts, including new forecast domains, unstructured
grid and other innovative approaches and products, improved forecast
skill, international forecasting programs, and experiences in the
challenges of transitioning research to forecasting operations.
Theme 2: Emissions Forecasting
Papers are solicited that discuss the progress, challenge and
future of anthropogenic and natural emissions data at regional and
global scales, especially those efforts in emissions modeling research
that are attempting to use near real-time datasets in a move towards
a more dynamic, process-based emissions estimation paradigm.
Theme 3: Data Assimilation
Papers are solicited regarding the integration of real-time in-situ
and satellite data for air quality forecasts, retrospective objective
analyses, emission inversion, error covariance, and emerging techniques
in chemical data assimilation.
Theme 4: Evaluation and Post-Processing
Papers are solicited related to the analysis and post-processing
of air quality forecast model results. Of particular interest are bias
correction algorithms, model evaluations with data collected from
recent intensive field studies as well as in-situ measurements, satellites
and other remote sensing platforms, multi-model evaluations, evaluation
systems, and near real-time post-processing strategies and techniques.
Theme 5: Megacities
Papers are solicited on research to improve prediction of air quality
for megacities, including unique challenges of emissions estimation,
operational implementation, urban meteorology, episodic pollution events,
meteorological data challenges, and forecast evaluation and verification.
Theme 6: Interactions of Meteorological and Air Quality Prediction
Papers are solicited which focus on describing interactions of meteorological
and air quality prediction, including feedbacks from direct and indirect forcing
by aerosols, surface layer mixing, the nocturnal boundary layer, mesoscale coastline
circulations, katabatic flows downwind of mountain ranges, convective mixing, cloud
parameterizations, precipitation scavenging and precipitation forecasting skill as related to PM forecasting.
Theme 7: Forecasting and Communicating Impacts
Papers are solicited on research to improve value added by AQ forecasters, including
local forecast methods, techniques and operations, data sources, forecast verification,
and case studies. Papers describing research to improve the accuracy and/or usefulness
of local air quality forecasting efforts are particularly encouraged.
SPECIAL ISSUE: JOURNAL OF THE AIR & WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
Participants will be invited to submit journal articles for inclusion
in a special issue of JA&WMA dedicated to the air quality forecasting themes of the workshop.
For more information contact the workshop organizers.