Development of a GIS-based air quality planning model for marginal attainment areas

Andrew C. Comrie, Jeremy E. Diem, Tracey L. Gutheim

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Abstract

We outline the development of an air quality model that integrates air quality, transportation, and related data within a geographic information system (GIS) designed to take advantage of powerful visualization-driven insight and analysis capabilities, with an application to greater metropolitan Tucson, Arizona. The System for Management, Observation, and GIS Modeling of Air Pollution (SMOGMAP) is a planning tool for assessment and evaluation of numerous factors, including transportation control measure impacts, monitor siting, changing growth and emission patterns, and varying climatological and meteorological circumstances. SMOGMAP includes existing, adapted, and newly created spatial databases in a GIS framework that forms an integrated multidimensional matrix of possible planning scenarios for visualization and spatial analysis. The user has control over comparative and analytic operations to produce qualitative or quantitative/statistical output. This kind of tool is particularly suited to areas that have attainment status for many pollutants, but for which there is some risk of non-attainment. In such situations, the financial, human, and computer resources required for complex regulatory models such as the Urban Airshed Model (UAM) are often unavailable (and perhaps not necessary), but a tool such as SMOGMAP can provide relatively inexpensive, valuable planning data and analyses that are upwardly compatible with regulatory models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages6
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Air & Waste Management Association - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 14 1998Jun 18 1998

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OtherProceedings of the 1998 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Air & Waste Management Association
CitySan Diego, CA, USA
Period6/14/986/18/98

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    Comrie, A. C., Diem, J. E., & Gutheim, T. L. (1998). Development of a GIS-based air quality planning model for marginal attainment areas. 6. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1998 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Air & Waste Management Association, San Diego, CA, USA, .