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review of the Quality Assurance Framework of the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, Pollution Climate Mapping and Impact Pathway Models - AQ0962

Description
Quality Assurance (QA) is an essential part of the development, maintenance and use of models to support policy and decision making. Robust and appropriate QA reduces errors and gives decision makers greater confidence in using the model outputs to support their decisions.

Following the McPherson review of modelling in government, Defra has initiated a review of the models that support our business. As part of this, the Resource, Atmosphere and Sustainability Directorate has embarked on a strategic project to ensure robust and fit for purpose QA activities are in place to support the use and management of its analytical models being used to support policy making.

The objective of this project is to carry out an in-depth review and assessment of the QA policies, and compliance with the procedures set out, currently in place for three high profile Air Quality models and the interactions between them:
• National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) ;
• Pollution Climate Mapping model (PCM); and
• Impact Pathway Model (IPM).

This should highlight areas of good QA practice and include a prioritised list of recommendations on how to improve existing practices, taking into account associated risks and practical considerations to ensure they are fit for purpose. The recommendations will be used to drive an improvement programme in partnership with the model owners and DECC who also make use of the model outputs.

Objective
The objective of this project is to carry out an in-depth review and assessment of the QA policies, and compliance with the procedures set out, currently in place for three high profile Air Quality models and the interactions between them:
• National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) ;
• Pollution Climate Mapping model (PCM); and
• Impact Pathway Model (IPM).

This should highlight areas of good QA practice and include a prioritised list of recommendations on how to improve existing practices, taking into account associated risks and practical considerations to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : AQ0962 Review of Quality Assurance framework for models - Final report   (2116k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : AQ0962 Review of Quality Assurance framework for models - Executive summary   (72k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2015

Cost: £102,430
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Hartley McMaster Ltd
Keywords
Air Quality              
Fields of Study
Air Quality