The rapid growth of the Indian economy, spurred by the industrial and urban expansion has been accompanied by environmental stresses, particularly in air quality. In order to understand and mitigate the regional and global scale impacts of these stresses, new avenues of research in air quality and climate need to be explored. A workshop, with partial support from the U.S. National Science Foundation and US - Department of Energy, will bring together several experts from the U.S. and India with a common vision for identifying priority areas of research and development in the air quality-climate area, and a commitment for long-term collaboration during March 14-24, 2011 in India. To engage participation by emerging scientists in the field, the workshop will include three days of invited lectures and presentations, followed by a 7-day hands-on training segment. This portion of the workshop will provide training to participants on a publicly-available suite of numerical models that are used world-wide in a variety of air quality applications from basic research to local- and regional-level planning and management. The workshop will strive to improve understanding of the emission sources and meteorological conditions that contribute to regional-to-urban-scale air quality and climate issues of relevance to protecting public health and the environment
A team of participants from the U.S.A. and India have planned and convened this collaborative Conference-cum-Workshop on air quality. The overarching goal of this endeavor is to bring together experts from the U.S.A. and India to establish the framework for capacity-building and continued research collaborations in air quality monitoring, forecasting, and to develop an advanced air quality decision support system. The specific objectives of this proposal are to:
- Organize a Conference-cum-Workshop in India with participants drawn from academic, industrial and government agencies;
- Develop a 3-day program of solicited presentations and panel discussions focusing on Indian air quality issues;
- Provide training to participants on the use of state- of- the- art numerical modeling and analysis tools needed for a viable air quality forecasting system;
- Present a vision and develop a plan for building an air quality forecasting system for a selected metropolitan area in India.