AQUIRE: Air Quality Forecast and Statistics over Ireland

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The primary goal of the joint project was to develop an air quality forecast service for Ireland, with special emphasis on the model validation. This was done by using the EURAD (European Air Quality Dispersion) air quality prediction model system at the Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research (RIU) in a modified version. A major goal of this project was to carry out an intensive verification of the model forecast using observational data from the Irish air quality monitoring network. To improve the model performance, data assimilation techniques were applied, and a detailed model output statistics (MOS) system was developed. The project started on 1 December 2004 and it ended on 30 November 2007.
Initially, an adequate emission module was implemented for the selected domains using data
provided by Ireland to the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP). With these emission
databases as input, the near-real-time forecast started on 7 April 2005. Later, a recalculation of the forecasts starting on 1 January 2005 was performed in order to complete the whole cycle for 2005. A complete analysis of 2005 and 2006 was carried out and published in technical reports provided for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland. An intensive verification procedure was carried out for 2006 comparing measured data (ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter 10 μm (PM10)) from the Irish air quality observational network with predicted concentrations. Specific model output statistics were developed in order to increase the reliability of the model output concentrations.

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Dr. Hermann Jakobs
Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research,
Director of Air Quality Forecasting
Rhenish Institute for Environmetal Research, Aachener Str. 201, 50931, Cologne, Germany
Telephone: +49 221 4002258
e-mail: Hermann.Jakobs@eurad.uni-koeln.de

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Author(s)Jakobs, H.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationAQUIRE: Air Quality Forecast and Statistics over Ireland
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=f2010ae6-d481-102b-930a-f07fa8cd0edb
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2017-08-21

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=88
Resource KeywordsAir Quality Statistics AQUIRE EURAD EMEP emissions
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2004-CoE-AQM-M4
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeAir Quality
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 34
Project Start Date Wednesday 1st December 2004 (01-12-2004)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 1st December 2004 (01-12-2004)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 30th November 2007 (30-11-2007)
Published on SAFERMonday 15th September 2008 (15-09-2008)
Date of Last EditWednesday 15th October 2008 at 11:01:47 (15-10-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 15th October 2008 at 11:01:47 (15-10-2008)

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Every day an extensive amount of data is produced by the EURAD forecast system for Europe, Central Europe and the German State of Northrhine?Westfalia. This includes the meteorological prediction variables and the concentrations of the atmospheric constituents at all model levels. For Ireland?s air quality forecast, the default operational model configuration was changed in order to focus on the domain that covers Ireland for the second nested domain with 5 km horizontal resolution. Therefore, the RIU standard configuration was modified in such a way that the first nested domain (D02, 25 km horizontal grid size) covers the region of the UK and Ireland, with an integrated domain of Ireland (Domain D03).

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The primary goal of the joint project was to develop an air quality forecast service for Ireland, with special emphasis on the model validation. This was done by using the EURAD (European Air Quality Dispersion) air quality prediction model system at the Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research (RIU) in a modified version. A major goal of this project was to carry out an intensive verification of the model forecast using observational data from the Irish air quality monitoring network.
Supplementary Information
***Downloadable Data***
For reference several ZIP files have been attached to this resource. The zip file contains the graphical output from the MODEL for THREE consecutive days in August 2008. Each zip file contains all model output for a specific variable (ie Ozone, Temperature, Wind etc). Please note that these output are provided for the purpose of understanding the visual aspect of the output and should not be used as a means of calculating actual measured values on those days.



The EURAD Irish air quality forecast system has been successfully implemented and is operational. An extended emission inventory for the selected model configuration was created to serve as input for the forecast system. After a test phase of several weeks, the forecast system has proved to be stable for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 and still produces a significant amount of data on the main predicted atmospheric pollutants


Web Links Explaination:
http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/cuki_e.html
= air quality forecast for the D02 domain
http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/cire_e.html
=air quality forecast for the D03 domain
http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/muki_e.html
= meteorology for the D02 domain
http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/mire_e.html
= meteorology for the D03 domain
http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/tcuki_e.html
= chemograms for the D02 domain for the UK cities
London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh,
Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol
http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/tcire_e.html
= chemograms for the D03 domain for the Irish cities Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Dundalk,Bray and Kilkenny.

For each of the species covered under EU air quality directives (O3, NO2, SO2, CO, PM10 and benzene (C6H6)), the daily maxima, the maximum 8-h running mean and the maximum 24-h running mean were calculated for the near-surface concentrations and are presented graphically.
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  http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/cuki_e.html (Opens in a new window)
  http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/cire_e.html (Opens in a new window)
  http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/muki_e.html (Opens in a new window)
  http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/mire_e.html (Opens in a new window)
  http://db.eurad.uni-koeln.de/prognose/tcuki_e.html (Opens in a new window)
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