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.


[Summary provided by the EPA.]