Environmental meteorology addresses the relationships and interactions between meteorological processes and variability, and the chemical state of and processes in the atmosphere affecting atmospheric composition and air quality. Atmospheric chemistry itself depends, apart from anthropogenic and biogenic/natural emissions, on meteorological conditions, while possible climate changes will affect basic physical and chemical processes.
Understanding, monitoring and predicting the state of the atmospheric environment requires an integrated approach based on various measuring techniques (in situ and remote sensing) together with model simulations. Earth Observation technologies are also becoming powerful tools, as coordinated for instance within the GMES and GEO initiatives.
Since the underlying theme of the joint ECAM Conference this year is "High Resolution Meteorology - Applications and Services", we encourage such emphasis for synergistic reasons.
Possible topics for this Environmental Meteorology session are (but not exclusively):
- Meteorological processes affecting atmospheric transport, transformation and deposition of atmospheric constituents and pollutants;
- Meteorological processes involved in the chemical cycling of species in the atmosphere (incl. under future climatic conditions), e.g. Boundary layer-Tropospheric exchanges;
- Air quality modelling, incl. integrated systems for air quality and population exposure forecasting and developing mitigation strategies of atmospheric pollution;
- Urban meteorology: Forecasting urban weather, airflow above and within city canopies (urban winds and turbulence), urban circulation systems and short-distance dispersion modelling over urban/heterogeneous conditions;
- Contribution of emissions/concentrations from conurbations (incl. megacities) to the regional and global pollution and climate forcing;
- Nuclear/biological emergency responses.
- Atmospheric monitoring for environmental atmospheric issues (e.g., stratospheric ozone and surface UV-radiation, atmospheric composition and air quality);
- Intercontinental and inter-hemispheric transport;
- Long-range transport between local/regional scales to continental/global scales (i.e. both ways), and inverse modelling;
- Integrated system of systems (GEOSS, IGACO, GEO…);
- Data-assimilation of satellite and remote sensing data and global data analysis;
- Impact and monitoring of biomass fires;
- Treaty monitoring (CLTRAP, Kyoto, Montreal, ...).
The session is sponsored and thus will serve as a dissemination forum for the COST Actions 728, 732, ES0602 and ES0603, the EU FP6 Network of Excellence ACCENT, the GMES-projects GEMS and PROMOTE, GATO, GEOMON and the starting FP7 projects MACC and MEGAPOLI. The session is also sponsored by the EUMETNET WG-ENV.
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