GURME Lima 2006 Meeting

Course in Air Quality Forecasting

10-14 July 2006
Lima, Peru at
Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología Senamhi (SENAMHI)

The first GURME basic training course on air quality forecasting was delivered 10–14 July 2006 in Lima Peru. Our extremely generous hosts were Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología Senamhi (SENAMHI). SEMAMHI provided lecture theatre, computer laboratory, simultaneous translation between Spanish and English, secretarial services and looked after the 50+ participants and presenters very well.

GURME has previously held air quality training workshops in Santiago (Chile), Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Kuching (Malaysia) but the Lima (Peru) presentations were the first based on comprehensive training materials prepared by Sonoma Technology Inc under the guidance of the GURME Science Advisory Group.

Training Course Materials 

The Chief of SENAMHI, Major General Edison Diaz opened the training workshop and welcomed Dr Liisa Jalkanen, WMO’s GURME coordinator who gave the first presentation on WMO, GURME and the need for air quality forecasting.

The training course participants, from nine countries, not only listened, but also gave of their own experiences.

The scope of the course is given here, with the full (evolving) course materials hosted by Sonoma Tech.

A list of participants can be found here.

All benefited greatly from the excellent facilities of SENAMHI.

The computer laboratory was used heavily throughout the course to access Web materials and to set up and run a demonstration weather forecasting and air pollution prediction model (TAPM). The focus was on the air pollution due to motor vehicles in Lima, Peru.

The principal presenters were (from left to right):

Dr Peter Manins (CSIRO Australia)

Mr Tim Dye (Sonoma Tech, USA)

Dr Liisa Jalkanen (WMO Geneva)

Ms Dianne Miller (Sonoma Tech)

Prof Greg Carmichael (Univ Iowa)

and (not in picture)

Prof Roberto San José (UPM, Spain)

Of course it was not all work: we enjoyed a cultural evening with some good cheer (note the over-turned glass).