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Highlights from the 15th anniversary conference and celebration.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment is hosting its 16th annual Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Conference Oct. 23-25 at the university’s Friday Center.

The annual conference has become an international hub and the premier resource for air quality modeling scientists to convene and share research and ideas on the state of the science.  The conference also explores policies relevant to air quality analyses and their impact on communities.

Each year the conference attracts more than 300 attendees including national and international air quality modelers, policy makers, academics, federal and state governmental and non-governmental agencies, and various industries.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Ali H. Omar, Langley Science directorate and acting head of the Atmospheric Composition Branch at NASA. Omar will discuss NASA’S satellite and sub-orbital measurements for air quality and health applications.

Jimmy Fung, a professor of mathematics at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will lead a special session on fine scale street-level air quality informatics.

Adel Hanna, director of IE’s Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development Research Professor and director of the CMAS Center will deliver the opening remarks.

The Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Center in the Institute for the Environment was established in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to leverage the air quality community’s knowledge on air quality modeling and analyses in order to support community decision-makers in addressing air quality issues for the last 15 years.

In addition to this conference, the CMAS Center offers online training and support, air quality modeling software, data sharing, workshops, journal publications, and a visiting scientist programs. The Center’s training programs serve as an education and training core for those who need to learn about air quality, meteorological, and emissions models, and their uses. CMAS training programs reached more than 2,000 scientists in the past 15 years including training sessions in eight countries around the globe.

For more information on CMAS and to view a conference agenda, visit

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