Mason Sponsors Conference on Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling

Posted: July 18, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The Comprehensive Atmospheric Modeling Program (CAMP) in the School of Computational Sciences (SCS) will present the ninth annual Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling Conference today through Wednesday, July 20, in Enterprise Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

SCS has been at the forefront of developing technology for modeling the release of hazardous agents into the atmosphere, and the conference is perhaps one of the premier gatherings of its kind in the country. Conference Chair Zafer Boybeyi, associate professor, notes that attendance of more than 200 people is expected this year.

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The three-day conference features more than 80 presentations and poster sessions that deal with dispersion of gases in urban settings, around obstacles, in different types of terrain, in different kinds of weather, and taking into consideration atmospheric conditions, moisture, vegetation, and other factors. Some modeling and experiments to be discussed deal with specific locations, such as New York City, the Pentagon, the Arabian Gulf region, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Washington, D.C. There are also sessions that focus on validating dispersion models.

A number of SCS researchers will present at the conference, including Boybeyi, Nash’at Ahmad, Fernando Camelli, Joseph Chang, Rainald Lohner, Rosalyn MacCracken, Elena Novakovskaia, and David Wong. Other presenters and attendees are coming from research laboratories, government agencies, universities, and private companies around the world.

In addition to Mason, conference sponsors are the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. For more information, see the CAMP web site or the conference agenda.

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