14/05/2018 - 18/05/2018, Ottawa, Canada
36th International Technical Meetings (ITM) on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application

The 36th ITM will be held at the historic Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, the bilingual capital city of Canada.

It is one of most prominent forums for discussing the latest scientific developments and applications related to air pollution modelling at scales ranging from local to global. An important feature of the conference is that it brings together scientists and other stakeholders from the air pollution, climate change, policy, and health communities from across the globe.

Both oral and poster contributions will be published by Springer in Air Pollution Modeling and its Application volume XXVI.

The organisers would like to encourage participation of early career researchers through a competition for the best paper/poster from researchers younger than 35 years old. Adjudication will be based on scientific content and quality of the presentation. Three winners will receive cash awards. VITO providesa bursary for a limited number of graduate students (MSc or PhD) who will be fully registered and have their abstracts accepted. A motivated application for this award should be sentto the Scientific Committee Chair clemens.mensink@vito.be

The key topics are

  • Regional and intercontinental modelling (including observational and modelling of historic trends, current and future scenarios, and impacts on meeting and maintaining air quality standards)
  • Local and urban scale modelling (including the effects of building wakes, street canyons, urban canopy, urban energy balance, urban development scenarios, (green) urban infrastructures; megacities)
  • Emission modelling and processing (including emissions from ships, aircrafts, forest fires, agriculture, sea salt, … ; long term emission projections related to climate change)
  • Data assimilation and air quality forecasting(including new research focusing on combining ground-and satellite-based observations with model outputs in creating high-resolution spatial maps of air quality, use of data assimilation techniques to identify measurement needs and in network design; pilot and demonstration projects)
  • Model assessment and verification (including performance evaluation, diagnostic evaluation, dynamical evaluation and probabilistic evaluation as part of comparison of model outputs with observations)
  • Aerosols in the atmosphere (aerosol dynamics, aerosol formation, interaction with multiphase chemistry, aerosol-cloud interactions)
  • Modelling air pollution in a changing climate (interaction between air pollution and climate: effects of air pollution on climate and the impact of changing climate on future air quality)
  • Air quality effects on human health and ecology (including integrated and multimedia modelling, air quality trend assessments, the effects of regulatory programs on a mbient air quality and human exposure)

Abstracts (maximum of 300 words), should be submitted using instructions on https://itm2018.vito.be/ by 31 October 2017.