Title: QualeAria: European and national scale air quality forecast system performance evaluation

Authors: Alessio D'Allura; Matteo Paolo Costa; Camillo Silibello

Addresses: Arianet srl via G.Gilino, 9 – 20128 Milan, Italy ' Arianet srl via G.Gilino, 9 – 20128 Milan, Italy ' Arianet srl via G.Gilino, 9 – 20128 Milan, Italy

Abstract: Air quality forecasts are operationally provided by some of the Italian Regional Environmental Agencies. Some of them adopted a coherent modelling framework and implemented the same boundary conditions provided by the national forecast system QualeAria. This network of regional/urban scale air quality forecast systems represents an effective example of consistent methodology adopted to address the requirements of the European directives, to assess, manage and forecast the state of the atmosphere. QualeAria has been evaluated against the observations recorded by regional air quality networks for the years 2015/2016. The role of phenomena generated at regional/global scales, along with the key role of fine-grained information available at local scale has been investigated by comparing QualeAria with the linked systems at different scales.

Keywords: air quality forecast; model evaluation; bias correction; score analysis; QualeAria; Italy; Europe; Lazio; Rome; Puglia; CAMS/Copernicus; environmental agencies; environment and pollution.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2018.099152

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2018 Vol.64 No.1/2/3, pp.110 - 124

Received: 24 Jan 2018
Accepted: 29 Sep 2018

Published online: 16 Apr 2019 *

Full-text access for editors Full-text access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article