U.S. EPA’s 2018 National Air Quality Conference – January 24-26, Austin, Texas

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.        Exhibits and Posters
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

New AirNow-Tech Features and Demonstration - Capital Ballroom F-H
Alan Chan (Sonoma Technology, Inc.) (PDF, 2MB)

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                  Breakout Sessions
AIR QUALITY FORECASTING & MAPPING
CAPITAL BALLROOM F-H
COMMUNICATING AIR QUALITY
CAPITAL BALLROOM E
Current Activities in Forecasting,
Mapping, and Modeling

Moderator: Nyasha Dunkley (Georgia Department
Natural Resources)
Air Quality Outreach and Education in Texas
A Local Government Perspective

Moderator:Pharr Andrews (City of Austin)


  • New Tools for Air Quality Modelling and Forecasting: Compact Sensors Combined with a Data Fusion Model with Forecasting Capabilities –
    Mikko Laakso (Vaisala Oyj) and Lasse Johansson (Finnish Meteorological Institute) (PDF, 1.6MB)
  • Representative Meteorological Data for AERMOD: A Case Study of WRF-Extracted Data Versus Nearby Airport Data –
    Brian Holland (Trinity Consultants)
    (PDF, 1.3MB)
  • Using Web-based Interactive Tools for Air Quality Analyses –
    Doug Boyer and Weining Zhao (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) (PDF, 1.4MB)
  • What is the Future of Air Quality Forecasting in the U.S.? –
    John E. White and Phil Dickerson (EPA/OAQPS), Marcus Hylton and Alan Chan (Sonoma Technology, Inc.) (PDF, 706K)
Panelists include: (PDF, 4MB)
  • Mindy Mize (North Central Texas Council of Governments -Dallas-Fort Worth Area)
  • Sharon Lewis (City of Corpus Christi)
  • Anton Cox (Capital Area Council of Governments -Austin-Round Rock Area)
  • Lily Lowder (Alamo Area Council of Governments - San Antonio-New Braunfels Area)

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. BREAK
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions


AIR QUALITY FORECASTING & MAPPING
CAPITAL BALLROOM F-H
COMMUNICATING AIR QUALITY
CAPITAL BALLROOM E



Air Quality Forecasting: Tools and Techniques
Moderator: Cary Gentry (Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection)

Air Sensors and Citizen Science
Moderator: Tim Dye (TD Environmental Services, LLC)



  • Minnesota's Statewide Air Quality Index Forecasting
    Steve Irwin (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)
    (PDF, 1.4MB)
  • National Air Quality Forecast Capability: Operational Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Forecast Guidance –
    Sikchya Upadhayay (NOAA) (PDF, 6.5MB)
  • Using New Statistical Approaches to Update Daily Ozone Concentration Forecasting Tools –
    Marcus Hylton (Sonoma Technology, Inc.)
    (PDF, 2MB)
  • New Nearly Continuous High Accuracy Satellite Aerosol Products for Fire, Dust, and Haze from GOES-16 –
    Amy K. Huff (Pennsylvania State University) (PDF, 30MB)
  • Emerging Technologies: Communicating Air Quality in a Changing World – Kristen Benedict (EPA/OAQPS) (PDF, 3.2MBK)
  • Air Quality Studies and Citizen Science – Innovative Initiatives for Community Engagement in the San Francisco Bay Area –
    David Ralston (Bay Area AQMD)
  • AQTreks: Students Learning About Air Pollution Through Measurement and Data Sharing –
    Jessa Ellenburg (2B Technologies) (PDF, 3MB)
  • Making Sense of Kids Making Sense, a STEM-Based Air Quality Program –
    Hilary Hafner (Sonoma Technology, Inc.) (PDF, 2.5MB)


Noon – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

AIR QUALITY FORECASTING & MAPPING
CAPITAL BALLROOM F-H
COMMUNICATING AIR QUALITY
CAPITAL BALLROOM E


Exceptional Events Rule Updates and Perspectives
Moderator: Brad Poiriez (Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District)
Air Pollution and Public Health: Communicating Risk
Moderator: Christina Baghdikian (EPA/ORD)



  • Exceptional Events: U.S. EPA Updates and Overview –
    Ben Gibson (EPA/OAQPS)
    (PDF, 788K)
  • Navigating the Updated Exceptional Event Rule at the State and Regional Level –
    Cara Keslar (Wyoming DEQ)
    (PDF, 900K)
  • Communication and Coordination in Preparation of Successful Exceptional Event Demonstrations Under the New Exceptional Event Rule –
    Anna Mebust (EPA/ Region 9)
    (PDF, 483K)
  • Successful Wildfire Ozone Exceptional Events Demonstrations in Washoe County –
    Julie Hunter (Washoe County Health District AQMD) (PDF, 5MB)
  • Exceptional Events Rule an Industry Perspective –
    Ted Steichen (American Petroleum Institute) (PDF, 92K)
  • Introduction – Lisa Baxter (EPA/ORD) (PDF, 1.6MB)
  • U.S. Air Quality Index New Communication Tools –
    Susan Stone (EPA/OAQPS)
  • Wildland Fire Smoke and Public Health –
    Ana Rappold (EPA/ORD)
    (PDF, 4MB)
  • Environmental and Public Health Air Pollution and the Healthcare System –
    Wayne Cascio (EPA/ORD)
    (PDF, 2.3MB)
  • Pilot Study on Maternal Exposure to Traffic-related PM2.5 Air Pollution –
    Joe Ziestman (Texas A&M Transportation Institute) (PDF, 1.7MB)


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  BREAK
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions



AIR QUALITY FORECASTING & MAPPING
CAPITAL BALLROOM F-H
COMMUNICATING AIR QUALITY
CAPITAL BALLROOM E


Case Studies, Data Analysis, and Modeling Tools
Moderator: Gary Morris (St. Edward’s University)

Innovative Outreach Initiatives
Moderator: Jamie Arno (Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District)



  • Development and Use of an Ozone Regression Model to Predict and Evaluate Ozone in the UGRB –
    Alexandria Herdt (Wyoming DEQ) (PDF, 1MB)
  • Considerations in Evaluation of Potential Exposures to Emissions from Oil and Gas Activity in North Texas –
    Lindsey Jones (Texas CEQ) (PDF, 2.3K)
  • Analysis of the Corpus Christi Refinery Row Public Health Assessment – Sabine Lange (Texas CEQ) (PDF, 2.3MB)
  • October 2017 Northern California Wildfires and Air Quality in the San Francisco Bay Area -
    Daniel Alrick (Bay Area AQMD) (PDF, 14MB)
  • EPA's Interactive Trends Report: Our Nation’s Air – Status and Trends Through 2016 –
    Arthur Zuco (EPA/OAQPS) (PDF, 4.4MB)
  • Air Quality Awareness for DC’s Youth: Green Zone Environmental Program –
    Alexandra Catena (DC Department of Energy and Environment) (PDF, 1.8MB)
  • Integrating Air Quality Data and Wearable Technology –
    Kevin Brundage and Victoria Wasem (ATTAIN)
    (PDF, 53MB)
  • Minnesota’s Air Quality Forecast and Alert Collaboration and Outreach –
    Daniel Dix (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) (PDF, 16.5MB)
  • “Breathe Today. SA Tomorrow” San Antonio’s Air Quality Regional Campaign –
    Mae Escobar (aMAEzing LLC) (PDF, 5.4K)
  • EPA's Burn Wise Program: Products and Partnerships –
    Larry Brockman (EPA/OAQPS)
    (PDF, 2MB)


5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

AirNow is approaching 20…What should happen in the next Decade?  -  Capital E
Phil Dickerson, AirNow Program Director (EPA/OAQPS)
 John E. White, AirNow Program Manager (EPA/OAQPS)


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