Atmospheric Modeling Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Data Center Description
The Atmospheric Modeling Division (AMD) of NOAA's Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) was established to collaborate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in developing advanced air quality models that can simulate the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere.
The mission of the AMD is to develop and evaluate predictive models on all spatial and temporal scales for assessing changes in air quality and air pollutant exposures, as affected by changes in ecosystem management and regulatory decisions.
The models developed by AMD are being used by EPA and the general air pollution community in understanding not only the magnitude of the air pollution problem, but also in developing emission control policies and regulations. The AMD is responsible for providing sound scientific and technical basis for regulatory policies.
Established in 1955, AMD serves as the vehicle for implementing the agreements with EPA, which funds the research efforts in air pollution meteorology and atmospheric modeling. The Division conducts atmospheric research in-house and through contract and cooperative agreements. With a staff of about 50 NOAA meteorologists and 10 EPA scientists, the Division provides technical information, observational and forecasting support, and consulting on all meteorological aspects of the air pollution control program to many EPA offices in the country. AMD scientists are currently assigned to EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) and Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS).
In addition to facilitating in-house research in the fields of air pollution meteorology and atmospheric modeling, AMD interacts extensively with academic and other scientific institutions in the country and abroad to help support NOAA's and EPA's mission-oriented efforts as well as to ensure that the environmental community has the benefit of the highest quality peer-reviewed science in dealing with air pollution problems.