Modeling Air Quality over Italy with MINNI Atmospheric Modeling System: From Regional to Local Scale
This study shows part of the results obtained during the operational evaluation of MINNI atmospheric modeling system over Italy. MINNI is the Italian Integrated Assessment Modelling System for supporting the International Negotiation Process on Air Pollution and assessing Air Quality Policies at national/local level sponsored by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. The evaluation was carried out for both meteorology and air quality for the years 1999 and 2005. Changes of meteorological variables and of ozone concentrations in relation to the change of horizontal grid resolution were also investigated. The results show the capability of the modelling system to reconstruct the meteorological and ozone fields over Italy.
KeywordsAir quality model validation Ozone Spatial resolution
This work is part of the MINNI project, funded by the Italian Ministry for Environment and Territory and Sea and carried out by ENEA. The authors thank the Regional Center of Environmental Modelling of ARPA Friuli Venezia Giulia, which provided the meteorological measurements.
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