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Evaluation of Air Quality Models - AQ0936

This project will develop methods for the evaluation of air quality models and conduct a comprehensive evaluation of three types of air quality model. It follows from 'Phase 1' of the project that was also undertaken by King's College London and funded by Defra.

Phase 2 will focus on the more detailed evaluation of a range of air quality models including those used for regional/ozone, deposition modelling and urban modelling. Building on Phase 1 the work would focus on:

a) The development of emission reduction scenarios for each of the model areas;
b) The development of more detailed diagnostic tools to assess model performance.
c) Comprehensive data analysis and reporting aimed at both understanding model behaviour and the response of the models to reductions in precursor emissions.

The final report(s) would detail the main findings and provide all the commands necessary to reproduce all the plots, tables and statistics. All input data would be provided on a secure server operated by KCL, allowing all model groups access to the data for their own analysis.

The project will use open-source tools building on a NERC-funded project that aims to provide air quality data analysis tools for the air quality community. This approach has the advantage that the tools are accessible by all of Defra's contractors ensuring increased scrutiny of the work and its dissemination.

In addition to the work proposed here, a submission to NERC is in progress for November 2011. The Defra project would help support the case for a NERC application. Furthermore, if funded, the NERC project would further add to the Defra project ensuring increased value.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2013

Cost: £162,575
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - London - Kings College
Environmental Protection              
Fields of Study
Air Quality