Title: Quality assurance and improvement of micro-scale meteorological models

Authors: Michael Schatzmann, Rex Britter

Addresses: Meteorological Institute (ZMAW), University of Hamburg, Bundesstr. 55, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany. ' Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK

Abstract: Models have begun to play an important role in environmental assessment and urban climate studies. Their increasing use, however, is paralleled by a growing awareness that the majority of these models have never been the subject of rigorous evaluation. Consequently there is a lack of confidence in the modelled results. The paper reports on a European initiative (COST 732) which was launched 2005 with the purpose of establishing a generally accepted procedure for the improvement and quality assurance of micro-scale meteorological models that are applied for predicting flow and transport processes in urban or industrial environments.

Keywords: model evaluation; urban flow; dispersion; fitness for purpose; European harmonisation; COST action; quality assurance; micro-scale meteorological models; transport processes; modelling; air quality; air pollution.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2011.038412

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2011 Vol.44 No.1/2/3/4, pp.139 - 146

Published online: 07 Feb 2011 *

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