Air Pollution Modeling (level 3)

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Course Description:
Air pollution modeling involves estimating air pollutant concentrations and simulating how they form and move through the atmosphere. Several types of models are commonly used by regulatory and land management agencies, including dispersion, photochemical, and receptor models. These models are used to help support regulatory and policy decisions that have very real consequences for air quality and natural resource management.

In addition to discussing how modeling is used in air permitting and NEPA processes, instructors will also provide a brief overview of the science that informs air pollution models. This course will not provide participants with direct experience running computer-based models, but will instead focus on reviewing and interpreting modeling reports and associated information. Applicants will complete a pre-course assignment in order to be eligible for the course.

Topics include:
  • Types of models and what they tell us

  • Types of data needed for models

  • The role of air pollution modeling in reviewing source permits

  • Model evaluation & assessment

  • Modeling applications for land management

  • Working with state and federal agencies

Prerequisites: (or equivalent training/experience)
  • Introduction to Tribal Air Quality

  • Air Quality Computations

  • Air Pollution Technology

Note: This is a Level 3 course and requires prior training in air quality. If you have questions regarding your eligibility or the pre-requisites for the course, please contact Patricia Ellsworth, Air Quality Curriculum Coordinator, at or phone 928-523-6721.

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Last updated: June 24, 2015


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