From: Adam Dove
Published September 19, 2017 04:28 PM

Putting the power to model pollution into your hands

Adams’ lab is one of these university labs that creates complicated air quality models, called Chemical Transport Models (CTMs), that can take an inordinate amount of time to run but are extremely comprehensive and accurate. This is due to the many necessary inputs, such as a very detailed description of the 3-D meteorology for the time in question, the emissions of all pollution emitters in the surrounding area, and much more.

“Doing one of these requires both a lot of expertise and a lot of time,” says Adams. “These are the gold standard models, but the days or weeks of computer time is not even the big cost. The big cost is it takes months to prepare the inputs, and then months to analyze the data. It’s definitely not user-friendly.”

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Image Source:  Peter Adams

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