Title: Predicting NOx levels in urban areas using two different dispersion models

Authors: A.J. Manning

Addresses: Public Meteorological Services Research, The Meteorological Office, London Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2SZ, UK

Abstract: Currently the UK Meteorological Office provides a 48-hour NOx forecast using a box model (BOXURB). This study investigates how a more sophisticated dispersion model, NAME, compares with BOXURB and with routine NOx ||background|| measurements within ten urban areas in the UK over a six month period. The results show encouraging similarities between the two models and the measurements. In both models, the January-March period is modelled with more skill than the April-June period. It has been statistically shown that NAME performs with more accuracy than BOXURB across a range of urban locations.

Keywords: BOXURB; NAME; NOx; urban air quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2001.000625

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2001 Vol.16 No.1/2/3/4/5/6, pp.292-300

Published online: 07 Jul 2003 *

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