Title: PRESAXIO regional air quality modelling system: validation and applications

Authors: Jose A. Souto; Santiago Saavedra; Angel Rodriguez; Maria Dios; Javier Lopez; Anel Hernandez-Garces; David Cartelle; Jose Manuel Vellon; Nuria Gallego; Maria L. Macho

Addresses: Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain ' Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain ' Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain ' Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain ' Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain ' Higher Institute for Applied Science and Technologies (INSTEC), Quinta de los Molinos, Salvador Allende y Luaces Av., La Revolución Square, 10400 La Habana, Cuba ' Troposfera SC, 15401 Ferrol, Spain ' Troposfera SC, 15401 Ferrol, Spain ' Laboratorio de Medio Ambiente de Galicia, Consellería de Medio Ambiente, Territorio e Infraestructuras, Xunta de Galicia, Spain ' Laboratorio de Medio Ambiente de Galicia, Consellería de Medio Ambiente, Territorio e Infraestructuras, Xunta de Galicia, Spain

Abstract: Different operational air quality forecasts (ESSEM Cost Action 0602) are currently available in Europe. However, most of them are not suitable for regional application and, also, their coarse outputs do not fit well with air quality management needs. In this work, PRESAXIO regional air quality modelling system is validated and applied over Galicia (NW of Spain), including WRF and CHIMERE models. WRF validation is done by comparison with surface meteorological measurements; CHIMERE validation applies DELTA tool with AirBase data. PRESAXIO applications include an operational air quality forecast, design of a regional air quality monitoring network, and impact assessment of EMEP emissions changes in regional O3 peaks.

Keywords: PRESAXIO air pollution modelling; WRF; CHIMERE; DELTA tool; air quality networks; network design; EMEP emissions changes; regional air quality; Spain; atmospheric dispersion modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2014.065924

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2014 Vol.55 No.1/2/3/4, pp.192 - 200

Available online: 29 Nov 2014 *

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