ARL Weekly News – December 4, 2020

Upcoming Events


NIDIS Town Hall @ AGU Fall Meeting.

Bruce Baker will participate in an AGU town hall on Dec 14 led by the NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System on the National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network. Over the past year, a strategy has been developed to focus network efforts on such topics as: developing standards and quality control processes for in situ monitoring, deploying new soil moisture monitoring stations, and researching best practices for integrating in situ, remote sensing, and model-derived data outputs to create useful products. Alongside representatives from the USDA, NASA, and academia, Bruce will discuss ARL and NOAA efforts and progress toward realizing a coordinated “network of networks.”

Recent Publications

WMO Publication Includes OAR/ARL Developed Best Practices in Air Quality Forecasting.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently published “Training Materials and Best Practices for Chemical Weather/Air Quality Forecasting” as part of the WMO Education and Training Program (ETR-26) to provide standardized training on Air Quality forecasting. NOAA ARL is a major contributor to this educational effort; Daniel Tong and Pius Lee are lead authors of this training material. Dr. Lee compiled the chapters for air quality forecasting in the different continents from national centers and academic institutions. Demonstration cases are provided in a few WMO links for downloading and practical exercises. Pius also contributed to the final sections about best practices in air quality and chemical weather forecasting (AQ/CWF) so that this skill set can conveyed to increase and improve knowledge sharing. To contextualize the strengths and benefits of such recommended practices, Pius provided a North American AQ/CWF case in the WMO training repository for the users to explore the discipline of AQ/CWF. Dr. Tong led the compilation of chapters in emission modeling. Emission modeling as a scientific challenge was presented, as emission accuracy dictates the accuracy of AQ/CWF.


Other ARL Publications.

Published on 12/2/2020: Significant wintertime PM2.5 mitigation in the Yangtze River Delta, China, from 2016 to 2019: observational constraints on anthropogenic emission controls, Wang, L., Yu, S., Li, P., Chen, X., Li, Z., Zhang, Y., Li, M., Mehmood, K., Liu, W., Chai, T., Zhu, Y., Rosenfeld, D., and Seinfeld, J. H. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 14787–14800,

Accepted by Evaluating oil and gas contributions to ambient nonmethane hydrocarbon mixing ratios and ozone-related metrics in the Colorado Front Range, Congmeng Lyu, Shannon L.Capps, Kent Kurashima, Daven K. Henze, Gordon Pierce, Amir Hakami, Shunliu Zhao, Jaroslav Resler, Gregory R. Carmichael, Adrian Sandu, Armistead G. Russell, Tianfeng Chai, and Jana Milford. Accepted by Atmospheric Environment on 12/3/2020.


Applications open for the William M. Lapenta Summer Internship Program.

NOAA’s summer internships through the William M. Lapenta NOAA Student Internship Program is open for student applications. Targeted towards current 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students, it offers robust research and/or operational experience. Projects may be focused on research areas or development of operational products such as decision support tools, climate and weather forecast models, data analysis methodologies and social science strategies to communicate climate and weather information. Applications are due February 1, 2021; for more information, visit: