The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment is hosting its 18th annual Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Conference Oct. 21-23 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.

This year the conference expects record high attendance with more than 300 participants, including national and international air quality modelers, policymakers, academics, federal and state governmental and non-governmental agencies, and various industries. There will be more than 150 paper presentations and the first-ever job fair to connect agencies to potential employees.

This year’s featured speakers include:

  • Kelly Chance, a senior physicist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Chance will discuss the applications of the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) satellite instrument on air quality, health, agriculture, forestry and economics.
  • Wayne E. Cascio, M.D., director of the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment in the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Cascio’s talk will cover new insights into the health effects of air pollution and persistent knowledge gaps, and the relevance of the CMAS community to understand  the impacts of air quality on health of humans and ecosystems.
  • Sherri W. Hunt, a scientist and assistant center director for the Air, Climate, and Energy (ACE) Research Program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Research. Hunt will explore the challenges of atmospheric science and air pollution for air quality modelers.
  • Terry Magnuson, UNC’s Vice Chancellor for Research, will deliver welcoming remarks.

More than 150 research presentations will take place across the following session tracks:

  • Modeling to Support Exposure, Health Studies, and Community-Scale Applications
  • Model Development
  • Multi-Scale Modeling Applications and Evaluations
  • Emissions Inventories, Models, and Processes
  • Regulatory Modeling and SIP Applications
  • Air Quality, Climate and Energy
  • Remote Sensing/Sensor Technology and Measurements Studies

The 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 to support community decision-makers in addressing air quality issues for the last 18 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 program. 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 18 years including training sessions in eight countries around the globe.

For more information on the CMAS Conference and to view a conference agenda, visit https://cmas.zohobackstage.com/. If you are an employer looking for people to hire, please contact cmas@unc.edu to be added to the job fair.

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