GURME Projects

Latin American Cities Project
The Latin American Cities Project grew out of the GURME Experts Meeting held in Cuernavaca, Mexico in October 2002, which was attended by 25 invited participants from 11 countries.  The first Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting in Latin American Cities was held in Santiago, Chile in October 2003; this was followed by a WRF-Chem and Remote Sensing Workshop in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2005.  The first GURME basic training course on air quality forecasting was delivered in July 2006 in Lima, Peru.

India Commonwealth Games
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a constituent under the Ministry of Earth  Sciences, Government of India, is spearheading the country's first major initiative named as "System of Air Quality forecasting and Research (SAFAR)". It has been successfully tested during the commonwealth Games 2010 for National Capital Region Delhi. Our vision is to spread the SAFAR to other major cities in India, and to put our country in the forefront of Air Quality Forecasting Research.

Shanghai (EXPO 2010) MHEWS
Shanghai is a megacity situationed on the shores of the East China Sea and the mouth of the Yantgtze River. It features a dense population of 18 million people and is experiencing rapid economic development, aiming to be the economic, financial, trade and transportaion center of China. 

NRT Data Application to Air Quality Forecasts
The NRT Data Application to Air Quality Forecasts is a new CMA-WMO GURME Pilot Project with the following objectives:

  • Develop and establish a NRT chemical data transfer system to collect and process both ground based and satellite observations, based on the WMO data transfer protocols for conventional weather data
  • Develop an AQ forecasting system and integrate it with the NRT system to illustrate the capacity of NRT data to enhance the accuracy of AQ forecasts in China;
  • Develop an emission estimating system using the NRT data and inverse modeling methodology;
  • Exchange and transfer research results with other national and international agencies.

CityZen is a 3-year research project about the effects of megacities and emission hot spots on their local, regional and global environment, regarding both air pollution and climate change. CityZen also deals with the effect of climate change on air quality.



The FP7 EU MEGAPOLI project (Megacities: Emissions, urban, regional and Global Atmospheric POLlution and climate effects, and Integrated tools for assessment and mitigation brings together 27 leading research groups from 11 European countries, state-of-the-art scientific tools and key players from countries outside Europe to investigate interactions among megacities, air quality and climate. The project includes both basic and applied research, and bridges spatial and temporal scales connecting local emissions, air quality and weather with climate and global atmospheric chemistry.

Passive Samplers Project
This project aims are: 1) to repeat a previous network for sulfur dioxide(SO2) in Asia in background air; and 2) to extend the capacity to monitor more pollutants in background as well as urban air. The network will spread out to GAW's network in South America and Africa to provide a wide,exclusive and valuable data set that can be used for variety of purposes including model evaluation and inter-comparision with other methods. Several stations from previous studies in Asia and GAW's network will be used together with some newly established sites. Sulfur dioxide(SO2), ammonia(NH3 ) and ozone(O3) will be monitored monthly at background sites and with short sampling peroids in urban site. The precursors of ozone such as formaldehyde(HCHO) and VOCS (volatile organic components) will be monitor in urban sites.

Beijing Pilot Project
Representatives of CMA presented an urban environment research project which they have been devloping. This project titled: The Study of Mechanism on Atmospheric Environmental Pollution in Capital Beijing was presented as an example of the type of pilot project that GURME could help to promote.

Moscow Pilot Project