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Evaluation of O3 forecasts of ALARO-CAMx and WRF-Chem

Claudia Flandorfer, Marcus Hirtl, and Barbara Scherllin-Pirscher
Claudia Flandorfer et al.
  • ZAMG, Vienna, Austria (

ZAMG runs two models for air-quality forecasts operationally: ALARO-CAMx and WRF-Chem.

ALARO-CAMx is a combination of the meteorological model ALARO and the photochemical dispersion model CAMx and is operated at ZAMG since 2005. The emphasis of this modeling system is to predict ozone peaks in the north-eastern Austrian flatlands. The outer model grid covers Central Europe with a resolution of 13.8 km, the inner domain is centered over Austria with a resolution of 4.6 km. The model runs twice per day for a period of 48 hours.

The second operational air quality model at ZAMG is the on-line coupled model WRF-Chem. Meteorology is simulated simultaneously with the emission, turbulent mixing, transport, transformation as well as the fate of trace gases and aerosols. Two modeling domains are used for these simulations. The mother domain covers Europe with a resolution of 12 km. The inner, nested domain covers the Alpine region with a horizontal resolution of 4 km. The model runs two times per day for a period of 72 hours and is initialized with ECMWF forecasts.

The evaluation of both models is conducted for the period from January to September 2019 with the focus on ozone. The summer 2019 was the 2nd warmest summer since the beginning of the meteorological measurements in Austria more than 200 years ago. Although this summer had favorable conditions for Ozone production (sunny and hot weather, less rain), only a few air quality stations in Eastern Austria have measured exceedances of the ozone information threshold (180 µg/m³) on overall 5 days. The measurements of the air-quality stations are compared with the area forecasts for every province of Austria. Besides the evaluation, air quality forecasts of ALARO-CAMx and WRF-Chem are compared.

How to cite: Flandorfer, C., Hirtl, M., and Scherllin-Pirscher, B.: Evaluation of O3 forecasts of ALARO-CAMx and WRF-Chem, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-13535,, 2020


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