The Air Quality Modeling Forum (AQMF) is charged with the
responsibility to identify, evaluate the performance of,
and apply mathematical air quality modeling planning tools
which are used to quantify the effects of alternative emission
management options upon the air quality of the western United
States. These models are used to answer "what if" types
of questions, that is, how will visibility change with the
control of emissions from a particular emission source category
located in a particular geographical region? Communication
and interpretation of the results derived from these planning
models to the public as well as the training in the application
of such models are also integral to the role of the AQMF.
The WRAP released two RFP's to assist with this modeling:
one for creation of a WRAP Regional Modeling Center (RMC)
and one for a "Jump-Start" contract to initialize
The RMC contract was awarded to the University of California
at Riverside with Dr. Gail S. Tonneson leading their technical
work and Environ (Ralph Morris) participating as a partner
in the contract. The Jump-Start contract was awarded to MCNC-Environmental
Programs in Research Triangle Park, NC, also with Environ
(Ralph Morris) participating as a partner in the contract.
Marc Houyoux of MCNC is the technical lead. The RMC Scope
of Work for the contract is available (PDF).
Details of the Jump-Start contract are available at http://www.emc.mcnc.org/projects/wrapjs/index.html.
This web site contains a project summary, protocols for
both the REMSAD and the Community Multiscale Air Quality
(CMAQ) modeling protocols, Interim Reports with DRAFT Data
Archiving and Transfer Plan, and DRAFT MCIP.