GURME Workshop 2004

Second Gurme Expert Workshop on Air Quality Forecasting:

October 13-16, 2004.
Santiago, Chile.


GURME organized the first Air Quality Forecasting Workshop for the Latin American Project in Santiago, Chile, during October 2003. This workshop also served as the kick-off to the newGURME Latin American Cities Pilot Project. This cooperative project involving Santiago, Chile, Mexico City, Mexico, and San Paulo, Brazil, is established to build regional capacity and to facilitate the exchange of students and training in issues related to air quality forecasting.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

• Obtain an overview of the current operational air quality forecasting tools and their requirements, including measurement needs.

• Obtain an overview of current status of relevant research that can be expected to improve operational models in the next few years.

• Develop recommendations for the direction of improving air quality forecasting.

• To present the above information in such a way that is useful for NMHSs that are starting or developing their air quality forecasting activities.

• Identify meteorological and air quality measurement and monitoring activities in Latin America, and the need for training of professionals in NMHS’s in these matters.

• Identify meteorological and air quality forecasting activities in Latin America, and the need for training of professionals to build capacity in this discipline.

The workshop was held at the University of Chile. There were 71 professionals from 18 countries attending the conference. These were mostly people from academia (47%) and governmental institutions (45%), while the rest of the participants (8%) were from industry. The organizing committee for the workshop consisted of Rainer Schmitz (Universidad de Chile), Pedro Oyola (CONAMA), Claudia Blanco (CONAMA), Gregory Carmichael (The University of Iowa, USA), and Liisa Jalkanen (WMO/GAW Secretariate).

The workshop consisted of a series of plenary presentations, and small working group sessions. The workshop was opened by officials from the city of Santiago, CONAMA, the University of Chile, and the WMO secretariate. A brief summary of the Workshop is presented below. The presentations can be found at: