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Air Pollution Modelling and its Application

International Technical Meeting (ITM)

Pilot country

Prof. Douw G. Steyn,

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International Technical Meetings (ITMs) on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application are yearly conferences, which started in 1971 within the framework of the pilot study on Air Pollution.

The ITM series is one of the main conference series on the technical and scientific aspects of air pollution. It has a continuity and consistency of themes that are not applied to similar meetings. Most important is that the themes of ITM meetings have explicitly been managed to track current developments in the science and application of air pollution modelling.

Conferences in the ITM series are held every yearly. The series provides the only forum for exchange of ideas spanning the Atlantic Ocean. Participants come not only from NATO countries but also from Partner, Mediterranean Dialogue and contact countries.

Research regarding model development presented at ITM meetings often results in model development to the point that the models become commercial, regulatory and policy-making tools. This outcome is specifically encouraged by the ITM series by presenting new modelling approaches as well as encouraging the presentation of applied modelling works. This mix of developmental and applied work in the ITM series has a positive influence on environmental management and regulation world-wide.

Next meeting

The 32nd International technical meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands on 7 - 11 May, 2012. Further information will be available on the ITM website: http://www.int-tech-mtng.org/index.html

Previous meetings

The 31st ITM on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application was held in Torino, Italy on 27 September- October 1, 2010.
The following topics were examined during the conference:

  • Local and urban scale modelling (including the effects of building wakes, street canyons, urban canopy, urban energy balance)
  • Regional and intercontinental modelling (including observational and modelling of current and future scenarios, and impacts on meeting and maintaining air quality standards)
  • Data assimilation and air quality forecasting (including new research on focusing ground- and satellite- based observations into model outputs in creating high-resolution spatial maps of air quality, network design)
  • Model assessment and verification (including performance evaluation, diagnostic evaluation, dynamical evaluation, and probabilistic evaluation as part of comparison of model outputs with observations)
  • Aerosols in the atmosphere (aerosol dynamics, aerosol formation, interaction with multiphase chemistry)
  • Interactions between air quality and climate change (observational analysis and modelling analysis of the effects of air pollution on climate and the impact of changing climate on future air quality)
  • Air quality effects on human health, ecosystems and economy (including air quality trend assessments, cost benefit analysis of regulatory programs and their effects on air quality, human exposure and ecosystem burden, integrated modelling approaches)

Title of Book : Air Pollution Modelling and its Application XXI.
Editor(s) : (a) D.G. Steyn (b) S. Trini Castelli
Date of Publication:October 2011
Publisher : Springer Science and Business (www.springer.com)