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SMOKE 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, how to process emissions data, 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.

Aug 21-22, 2017


(2 days)

CMAQLectures and hands-on computer exercises to teach students how to run the CMAQ programs and examine input and output files from the software, how to set up and Provides an overview of modeling diagnostic and evaluation topics, such as sensitivity modeling and statistical performance evaluation. reconfigure different modeling domains, nested simulations, and multi-day simulations.

Aug 23-24, 2017


(2 days)

ABaCASThe goal of this training is to promote the use of scientifically sound decision support system to help developing effective control strategies in reducing regional and urban air pollution and health impacts. The training sessions will focus on six key components under the “Air Benefit and Cost and Attainment Assessment System” (ABaCAS), which is a community platform for conducting an integrated assessment of emissions control cost and their associated air quality and health benefits.

Aug 25, 2017


(1 day)

Meet the Trainers

Sarav Arunachalam

Sarav Arunachalam, PhD Research Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development

Sarav performs research related to air quality modeling and analyses to better understand the formation of air pollution at local to regional scales. During the past 15 years, he has received research funding from several federal, state or private organizations. Sarav is an expert modeler with extensive experience in developing modeling applications for regulatory support using both existing and evolving regional air quality models. He provides technical assistance and modeling expertise, leading towards regulatory policy-making for air quality management. He also serves as the Software Development Coordinator for the CMAS Center.

Zac Adelman

Zac Adelman, MS Research Associate, Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development

Zac conducts research on air pollution emissions, chemistry, and transport to understand pollution forcings and to develop pollution mitigation strategies. He is a senior Principal Investigator at UNC-IE where he directs the emissions modeling work and also serves as the Support and Training Coordinator for the CMAS Center. Zac is the developer and maintainer of the Introduction to CMAQ class and has taught it dozen of times over the past 10 years. Zac is also the co-developer of the Introduction to OTHERCOURSE class.

BH Baek

BH Baek, PhD Research Associate, Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development

BH has 17 years of atmospheric chemistry experience related to emissions inventory development and processing, air quality laboratory and field monitoring, and grid-based air quality modeling applications. He is the senior software engineer for OTHERCOURSE. BH also has participated in developing several programs and tools that interface various 3rd party source-specific emissions models through the OTHERCOURSE, including the U.S. EPA MOVES model for onroad mobile sources, the U.S. EPA NONROAD model for nonroad mobile sources, the Satellite Mapping Automated Reanalysis Tool for Fire Incident Reconciliation (SMARTFIRE) framework for wildfire emissions, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System (EDMS) and Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) for airport emissions. BH is the co-developer and maintainer of the Introduction to OTHERCOURSE class.

 

TRAINING CLASSES

 

  1. SMOKE

AVAILABILITY

The Introduction to SMOKE classes in Vitória-Brazil will be on August 21 -22, 2017.

When enrollment is full (20 registered students) we will no longer accept applications for the class and the status column in the table will display that the class is full.

The class is subject to cancellation if there are not enough registered students. A minimum of 15 trainees must be registered to conduct a training.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Introduction to SMOKE is a 2-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 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.

  1. CMAQ

AVAILABILITY

The Introduction to CMAQ classes in Vitória-Brazil will be on August 23-24. When enrollment is full (20 registered students) we will no longer accept applications for the class and the status column in the table will display that the class is full.

The class is subject to cancellation if there are not enough registered students. A minimum of 15 trainees must be registered to conduct a training.

 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.

  1. Air Benefit and Cost and Attainment Assessment System – ABaCAS.

AVAILABILITY

The Introduction to ABaCAS classes in Vitória-Brazil will be on August 25, 2017.

When enrollment is full (20 registered students) we will no longer accept applications for the class and the status column in the table will display that the class is full.

The class is subject to cancellation if there are not enough registered students. A minimum of 15 trainees must be registered to conduct a training.

ABOUT THE COURSE

ABaCAS is an integrated assessment system that connects air pollution emissions control and costs with air quality benefits, health and economic impacts, and air quality attainment tests. Developed jointly by U.S. EPA and an international team of scientists, ABaCAS is designed to provide researchers and policy makers with a user-friendly framework to link a set of decision support tools for conducting integrated assessments of air quality.

The goal of this training is to promote the use of scientifically sound decision support system to help developing effective control strategies in reducing regional and urban air pollution and health impacts. The training sessions will focus on six key components under the “Air Benefit and Cost and Attainment Assessment System” (ABaCAS), which is a community platform for conducting an integrated assessment of emissions control cost and their associated air quality and health benefits, including (1) a streamlined edition of ABaCAS for policy analysis and support (ABaCAS-SE), (2) a health and economic benefit assessment tool (BenMAP-CE: Community Edition), (3) an air quality attainment assessment tool (SMAT-CE), (4) a real-time air quality responses to emissions control tool (RSM/CMAQ), (5) an international cost estimate interface tool (ICET), and (6) a newly developed multi-scale air quality modeling visualization and analysis tool (Model-VAT).

Payment Info

The 5-day course includes all training materials, the current CMAQ and SMOKE Training Manual, access to experienced SMOKE and CMAQ modelers, snacks, and beverages. Payment is accepted by paypal. 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 South America as soon as possible.

Registration

Register online to sign up for a CMAS training classes.

Prerequisites

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

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 training class, please contact John at +55 31 9.9684-9822 or email [email protected]