Optimization of long-term air quality modelling for Baden-Württemberg (FRG)

  • Contact:

    Dr. H.-J. Panitz

  • Project Group: IMK-TRO
  • Funding: Land BW

The funding of the project by the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg under grant 740 within the program “Modellierung und Simulation auf Hochleistungsrechnern” is gratefully acknowledged

General goal of the project

The use of a complex Chemistry-Transport-Model (CTM) like KAMM/DRAIS in studies related to regional long-term air quality requires the classification of meteorological conditions of at least ten years, because the continuous application of such a model over a time period of 10 years or even longer would be too time consuming and too expensive. Therefore, the overall aim of the project is the examination of two different classification methodologies with respect to their practical applicability in the field of long-term air quality studies. The two techniques chosen are “classical” cluster analyses, and Kohonen’s Self-Organizing-Map (SOM, http://www.cis.hut.fi/~hynde/lvq/ ) Criteria of judgement will be
• the efficiency of a method (handling, computation time, interpretation of classification results),
• and whether the resulting classes are good representatives of the whole spectrum of meteorological conditions.
The last aspect is related to the question whether statistical measures based on the classification agree with those calculated from detailed simulations over a whole period. Such statistical quantities characterizing the long-term air quality are, for example, AOT40 and SOMO35. In order to achieve the goal of the project it is not necessary to consider the meteorological conditions over a long period, it is sufficient to take into account a much shorter one, for example one whole year. Therefore, KAMM/DRAIS simulations for the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg (FRG) are performed for the year 2000, calculating hourly concentrations of all 41 RADM2 species. Statistical measures will be derived from the results of this detail simulation. The classifications of the meteorological conditions of the same year are carried out using the simulation results of the large-scale EURAD model. The statistical values are then recalculated based on the known KAMM/DRAIS results of class representatives taking into account the corresponding class frequencies. By comparing the statistical measures, those from the detail simulations and those from the classifications, and considering also its efficiency, the most suitable classification method can be found.

Illustration of outline of project. M1 to M4 denote milestones.


Title Image Source Short Description

Projektabschlussbericht; Projekt 740 der Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, Forschungsprogramm "Modellierung und Simulation auf Hochleistungsrechnern" (2006)

Abschlussevaluation zum Forschungsprogramm "Modellierung und Simulation auf Hochleistungsrechnern" der Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, 26./27. Oktober 2006, Stuttgart, GENO-Haus.

ACCENT-GLOREAM workshop "Modern developments in tropospheric chemical transport modelling", Apeldoorn, NL, 7.-9.9.2005 (Vortrag/Proceedings)

European Geoscience Union (EGU), Vienna, 02.-07. April 2006, 8 00911, ISBN: 1029-7006

 European Geosciences Union (EGU), General Assembly 2007, Vienna, Austria, 15.04.–20.04.2007

 DACH2007, Meteorologentagung, 10.09.–14.09.2007, Hamburg

Panitz, H.-J. (2005): “Internal_IMK_Seminar_Jan2005.pdf
Panitz, H.-J. (2005): “Internal_IMK_Seminar_Nov2005.pdf
Panitz, H.-J. (2006): “Zwischenevaluation_Projekt740_27011006_Panitz.pdf
Panitz, H.-J. (2007): "Internal_IMK_Seminar_10052007.pdf"