The primary focus of the Transport Modeling & Assessment Group is dispersion modeling. Dispersion modeling has both research and real-time components. ARL’s primary mission is to develop, improve, and test dispersion models for a variety of different applications:
- For aviation safety in the event of a volcanic eruption – Volcanic Ash Modeling,
- For emergency managers in the event of homeland security incident,
- In support of international agreements between NOAA & the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the event of large-scale nuclear accident – RSMCs.
The models we develop are also used by other federal agencies for a variety of different applications (e.g. national security, assessments, Continuity of Government, etc.). We connect with our “customers” primarly through web interfaces, where we provide a variety of dispersion modeling and data analysis tools to other NOAA components, government agencies, university researchers, and the public.