Comparison of predicted and observed temperature and wind profiles on a high ozone event in Sydney

M. Azzi, R. Hyde, H. Duc

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Air quality models used to predict the distribution and magnitude of photochemical smog pollutant concentrations require accurate input of meteorological and chemical components. The output from these models is strongly dependent on the accuracy of the horizontal and vertical structure of the wind field data used. In the Sydney region, surface air quality and meteorological data are available from several monitoring stations. Upper air data are available from the Bureau of Meteorology, obtained at Sydney Airport using a radiosonde system. This paper describes one selected high ozone day in the Sydney Basin and discusses the performance of meteorological models used to reproduce the atmospheric conditions important in predicting pollutant concentrations. The comparison was carried out between the observed data from Mascot and those predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology’s Limited Area Prediction System (LAPS) and The Air Pollution Model (TAPM) of CSIRO.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThinking outside the square
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings 16th International Clean Air and Environment Conference, 19-22 August 2002
EditorsMichela Reese
Place of PublicationChristchurch
PublisherConference Innovators
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0473094851
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventInternational Clean Air and Environment Conference (16th : 2002) - Christchurch, NZ
Duration: 19 Aug 200222 Aug 2002


ConferenceInternational Clean Air and Environment Conference (16th : 2002)
CityChristchurch, NZ


  • photochemical smog
  • upper air data
  • air quality models
  • model verification
  • TAPM
  • LAPS


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