Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling is a community site that anyone can contribute to. Discover, share and add your knowledge!
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This wiki addresses the international community of atmospheric dispersion modelers - primarily researchers, but also users of models. Its purpose is to pool experiences gained by dispersion modelers during their work.
- Dispersion models Links to sites with models; comments on various types of models.
- Model evaluation Tool boxes; results of model evaluation exercises.
- Experimental data sets Links to sites with data sets; comments on data sets.
- Pet topics This is where you can contribute articles on your pet topics. Many experienced researchers have valuable experiences that should be communicated to others.
- International networks on atmospheric pollution Information and links to activities such as the "Harmonisation initiative", FAIRMODE, ACCENT, CLEAR, COST 732, etc.)
- National Agencies, Organization and Institutes Here is where to find or contribute articles describing any national agencies, organizations and institutes that deal with atmospheric dispersion.
- User communities and national societies dealing with dispersion modeling. Links and issues of particular interest.
- Supplementary Information Here is where to contribute or to look for miscellaneous dispersion modeling technical articles which do not fit into any of the above categories.
There are many web sites dedicated to atmospheric dispersion models. However, this site has the following unique qualities:
- In contrast to traditional web sites, it is possible for anyone to contribute easily to its contents. Therefore, the site has the potential to become more comprehensive than a site maintained by a single web master. Contributions can be actual information content, or links to material elsewhere on the Web.
- Warnings against pitfalls and common mistakes are of high interest. Researchers are encouraged to report on pitfalls they encounter, and which they would like to warn others against.
- Many knowledgeable researchers have pet subjects. They possess a vast experience, which newcomers to the field lack. Here, experienced researchers can in an informal way issue advice related to these pet subjects.
- Note that the Wiki is well suited to communicate communicate experiences on data sets. For examples, see use of the Thompson Wind Tunnel data set for model validation, as well as other examples (Prairie Grass data set, MUST experiment) accessible through the page Forum for individual data sets.
The web page http://www.harmo.org/Conferences/Crete/Wiki_Introduction.asp explains the ideas behind this Wiki.
Contributors is a list of all the active users who have registered and created a User page, along with links to their User pages.
The Community Portal page is used to announce notable additions to the Atmospheric Dispersion wiki. You can also use the Wiki Activity link (in the upper right) to inspect all recent edits on the entire site.
Current status of the Wiki (September 2011): The system has been set up with help texts, mission statements and some contents. The number of contributors to the Wiki since it was created in 2005 hasn't been large. Nevertheless, it can serve useful purposes within the community of air pollution dispersion modellers, as this is one convenient way to share information. In particular, note that the Wiki is well suited to communicate experiences on data sets. A conference paper from October 2011 (Improving modelling culture: Obstacles and opportunities) by the chairman of the initiative on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling discusses the role of the present Wiki - see the relevant web page on the initiative's web site, www.harmo.org