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Introduction to the Sparse Matrix Operator Kernel Emissions (SMOKE) Model

About the course

Introduction to SMOKE is a 3-day course that uses lectures and hands-on computer exercises to teach students how to configure and run the SMOKE programs and to examine the input and output files from the software. The class introduces students to the basics of air pollutant emissions modeling and how to process emissions data through SMOKE. Students are guided through exercises to inspect the various input files for SMOKE, including emission inventory data, chemical speciation data, temporal profiles, and spatial surrogates. The hands-on exercises are structured around processing the different types of inventories with SMOKE: area/nonpoint, on-road mobile with MOVES, point, and biogenics. The hands-on exercises also include labs on merging multiple source categories together and using SMOKE to generate customized QA reports.

The syllabus is shown below to highlight the range of topics covered during the course. The course starts with a lecture on the basics of SMOKE, including an overview of emissions modeling, an introduction to the SMOKE programs, and a description of the course structure. The Hands-on laboratories have each student working on a computer pre-loaded with the course training materials. The labs focus on configuring and running the SMOKE programs and examining the input and output files to give students practical experience using SMOKE.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to download, configure, and run the SMOKE programs. They will possess the knowledge and practical experience needed to prepare input files for SMOKE and to produce emissions input files for the CMAQ and CAMx air quality models.

Introduction to the Community Multiscale Air Quality Model (CMAQ)

About the Course

Introduction to CMAQ is a 2-day course that uses lectures and hands-on computer exercises to teach students how to run the CMAQ programs and examine input and output files from the software. The class covers topics including CMAQ terminology, how to set up and reconfigure different modeling domains, nested simulations, and multi-day simulations. Problem-solving exercises challenge the students to integrate the lessons that they had previously learned in the class to complete more advanced modeling tasks.

The syllabus is shown below to highlight the range of topics covered during the course. The course starts with a lecture on the basics of CMAQ, including an overview of air quality modeling, an introduction to the CMAQ programs, and a description of the course structure. The Hands-on laboratories have each student working on a computer pre-loaded with the course training materials. The labs focus on configuring and building the CMAQ programs, examining the input and output files, and running the programs to give students practical experience using CMAQ. The advanced topics lecture during day 2 of the training provides an overview of modeling diagnostic and evaluation topics, such as sensitivity modeling and statistical performance evaluation. The class concludes with a problem solving lab that emulates a real-world modeling task. The students are presented with a set of modeling data and a brief description of the modeling task. Where the previous labs included step-by-step instructions on how to set up and run the different CMAQ programs, in the Problem Solving Case Study each student is challenged to run CMAQ with help from the lessons learned in the previous labs, the instructor, and their fellow students.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to download, configure, compile, and run the CMAQ programs. They will possess the knowledge and practical experience needed to prepare input files for CMAQ and to produce CMAQ output.

2-day CMAQ Course Syllabus
Day 1 Day 2
8:30 – 9:45 CMAQ Basics 8:30 – 8:45 Review
9:45 – 10:00 Break 8:45 – 9:45 Hands-on CCTM Lab Part II
10:00 – 10:30 Hands-on Overview Lab 9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Hands-on BCON Lab 10:00 – 12:00 Hands-on Nesting Lab
11:30 – 12:15 Hands-on ICON Lab 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch 1:00 – 1:45 Hands-on Multiday/Restart Lab
1:15 – 2:00 Hands-on JPROC Lab 1:45 – 2:45 Advanced CMAQ Topics Lecture
2:00 – 3:30 Hands-on MCIP Lab 2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:30 – 3:45 Break 3:00 – 4:30 Hands-on Problem Solving Case Study
3:45 – 5:00 Hands-on CCTM Lab Part I 4:30 – 5:00 Questions and Answers (Overlap)

 

3 -day SMOKE Course Agenda
Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
8:30 8:30 – 9:45
SMOKE programs and options
8:30 – 9:00
Review
8:45
9:00 9:00 – 10:15
Hands-on point-source processing (continued)
9:15
9:30
9:45 9:45 – 10:30
SMOKE problem solving
10:00
10:15 10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:30 – 12:30
Hands-on mobile-source processing
10:45 10:45 – 12:45
Hands-on area-source processing
11:00
11:15
11:30
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30 12:30 – 1:30
Lunch
12:45 12:45 – 1:45
Lunch
1:00 1:00 – 1:45
Emissions processing basics
1:15
1:30 1:30 – 2:45
Hands-on merge processing
1:45 1:45 – 2:30
SMOKE basics
1:45 – 3:45
Hands-on biogenic processing
2:00
2:15
2:30 2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 2:45 – 3:30
SMOKE assigns file and scripts
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 3:00 – 4:45
Hands-on quality assurance
3:15
3:30 3:30 – 5:30
Hands-on SMOKE overview and UNIX
3:45 3:45 – 4:00 Break
4:00 4:00 – 5:30
Hands-on point-source processing
4:15
4:30
4:45 4:45 – 5:15
Questions and answers
5:00
5:15

Payment Info

The 2.5-day course includes all training materials, the current SMOKE Training Manual, access to experienced SMOKE modelers, snacks, and beverages. Payment is accepted with check, credit card, or purchase order. Note that you are asked to make the payment or initiate the payment process (e.g. by providing the purchase order number) at the time of registration. We will send you a receipt by email to confirm the receipt of the registration and payment. If you find later that you are unable to attend to the class after registration, notify the CMAS Center as soon as possible. Please see our Payment Info page for our refund policy.

The 2-day course includes all training materials, the current CMAQ Training Manual, access to experienced CMAQ modelers, snacks, and beverages. Payment is accepted with check, credit card, or purchase order. Note that you are asked to make the payment or initiate the payment process (e.g. by providing the purchase order number) at the time of registration. We will send you a receipt by email to confirm the receipt of the registration and payment. If you find later that you are unable to attend to the class after registration, notify the CMAS Center as soon as possible. Please see our Payment Info page for our refund policy.

Prerequisites

A basic knowledge of emissions and air quality modeling concepts will help students to get the most out of this course. The course covers emissions modeling terminology and basic general concepts about emissions data, but the focus is mostly on the operational details of SMOKE. A background in emissions or air quality will provide context for the need for using SMOKE.

Knowledge of the Linux command line language and the C-shell are also prerequisites for this course. Students with a working understanding of navigating Linux directory structures, viewing/editing text files, and executing commands from a Linux command prompt will benefit more from this class than students with no Linux experience.

Contact Information

For more information on the SMOKE training, please contact Taciana Albuquerque at +55 31 3409-1884 91 or email [email protected]