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An evaluation of the MM5/CAMx system for Europe

Ioannis Kioutsioukis(1), Anastasia Poupkou(1), Eleni Katragkou(1), Thodoris Giannaros(1), Kostas Markakis(1), Dimitrios Balis(1), Dimitrios Melas(1) and Christos Zerefos(2)

(1) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
(2) National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Geology & Geoenvironment, Panepistimiop, 15784 Zografou, Athens, Greece


An operational air quality forecasting system for Europe has been set up at the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics (LAP) in the framework of the PROMOTE and GEMS projects. It consists of the mesoscale meteorological model MM5 and the photochemical air quality model CAMx. The spatial resolution of the system is 30km. The boundary conditions for meteorology and photochemistry are derived from the forecasts of IFS and MOZART models. The emission inventory includes both anthropogenic and biogenic sources. In this work, the evaluation of the prognostic concentrations against the observations from EMEP stations for the year 2003 is presented (hindcast mode). The model skill has been investigated for different pollutants, seasons, sites and averaging times.