Air Quality Modeling Group

The Air Quality Modeling Group (AQMG) is in the U.S. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) and provides leadership and direction on the full range of air quality models, air pollution dispersion models and other mathematical simulation techniques used in assessing pollution control strategies and the impacts of air pollution sources.

The AQMG serves as the focal point on air pollution modeling techniques for other EPA headquarters staff, EPA regional Offices, and State and local environmental agencies. It coordinates with the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) on the development of new models and techniques, as well as wider issues of atmospheric research. Finally, the AQMG conducts modeling analyses to support the policy and regulatory decisions of the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS).

The AQMG is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Projects maintained by the AQMG

The AQMG maintains the following specific projects:
* Air Quality Analyses to Support Modeling
* [http://www.epa.gov/scram001/guidanceindex.htm Air Quality Modeling Guidelines]
* Dispersion Modeling Computer Codes
* [http://www.epa.gov/scram001/dispersionindex.htm Dispersion Modeling]
* Emissions Inventories For Regional Modeling
* Guidance on Modeling for New NAAQS & Regional Haze
* Meteorological Data Guidance and Modeling
* [http://www.epa.gov/scram001/guidance_clearinghouse.htm Model Clearinghouse]
* [http://www.epa.gov/asmdnerl/CMAQ/index.html Models-3/Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ)]
* Models3 Applications Team, Outreach and Training Coordination
* Multimedia Modeling
* PM Data Analysis and PM Modeling
* [http://www.epa.gov/scram001/dispersion_prefrec.htm Preferred/Recommended Models] [http://www.epa.gov/scram001/dispersion_alt.htm Alternative Models] [http://www.epa.gov/scram001/dispersion_screening.htm Screening Models]
* Regional Ozone Modeling
* Roadway Intersection Modeling
* [http://www.epa.gov./scram001/ Support Center For Regulatory Air Models (SCRAM)]
* Urban Ozone Modeling
* Visibility and Regional Haze Modeling

Further reading

For those who are unfamiliar with air pollution dispersion modelling and would like to learn more about the subject, it is suggested that either one of the following books be read:

*cite book | author=Turner, D.B. | title=Workbook of atmospheric dispersion estimates: an introduction to dispersion modeling| edition=2nd Edition| publisher=CRC Press | year=1994 | id=ISBN 1-56670-023-X [http://www.crcpress.com/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?sku=L1023&parent_id=&pc= www.crcpress.com]

*cite book | author=Beychok, M.R. | title=Fundamentals Of Stack Gas Dispersion| edition=4th Edition| publisher=self-published | year=2005 | id=ISBN 0-9644588-0-2 [http://www.air-dispersion.com www.air-dispersion.com]

ee also

*Accidental release source terms
*Bibliography of atmospheric dispersion modeling
*Air Quality Modelling and Assessment Unit (AQMAU)
*Air Resources Laboratory
*AP 42 Compilation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors
*Atmospheric dispersion modeling
*Atmospheric Studies Group
*
*Compilation of atmospheric dispersion models
*Met Office
*UK Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling Liaison Committee
*UK Dispersion Modelling Bureau

External links

* [http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/environment/serv4.html UK Dispersion Modelling Bureau web site]
* [http://www.admlc.org.uk/index.htm UK ADMLC web site]
* [http://www.arl.noaa.gov/ Air Resources Laboratory (ARL)]
* [http://www.epa.gov/oar/oaqps/organization/aqad/aqmg.html Air Quality Modeling Group]
* [http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ Met Office web site]
* [http://www.air-dispersion.com/feature.html Error propagation in air dispersion modeling]


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