SCS Sponsors Conference on Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling

Posted: June 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The Comprehensive Atmospheric Modeling Program (CAMP) program in the School of Computational Sciences (SCS) will present the seventh annual Transport and Dispersion Modeling Conference June 17-19 in Enterprise Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Concern over bioterrorism is not a new issue, and SCS has been at the forefront of developing technology for modeling the release of hazardous agents into the atmosphere. With heightened interest in weapons of mass destruction since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and the war in Iraq, however, the need for research in modeling the dispersion of gases and fluids has become even more pressing. The conference is perhaps one of the premier gatherings of its kind in the country, and organizer Zafer Boybeyi, associate professor, notes that record attendance of more than 200 people is expected this year.

The first two days of the conference feature 75 presentations and poster sessions running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. that deal with dispersion in urban settings, in subway systems, around obstacles, in different types of terrain, in different kinds of weather, and taking into consideration atmospheric conditions, moisture, vegetation, and other factors. There are also sessions that focus on validating dispersion models. On the last day, a special session for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology, which works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will be devoted to a discussion on improving federal agencies’ capability to support homeland security requirements. The final two-hour discussion will be a closed session for federal agencies by invitation to review research needs and funding issues.

A number of SCS researchers will present at the conference, including Boybeyi, Fernando Camelli, Joseph Chang, Pasquale Franzese, Steven Hanna, Rainald Lohner, Yimin Ma, and Elena Novakovskaia. Other presenters and attendees are coming from research laboratories, government agencies, universities, and private companies around the world.

The annual conference, originally a workshop, was initiated by Steven Hanna, research professor, and the six previous workshops were organized by him and Murray Black, professor and former dean of SCS.

The conference is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. For more information, see the CAMP web site or the conference agenda.

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