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Operational meteorological pre-processing at Emilia- Romagna ARPA Meteorological Service as a part of a decision support system for air quality management.

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In the framework of the Integrated Decision Support System for air quality assessment and management operating at the Emilia-Romagna Region Meteorological Service, an appropriate meteorological input is necessary: 1) to provide meteorological information for evaluation of the pollution data observed at the urban monitoring stations; 2) as input data to run daily statistical models for air quality forecasts; 3) as input to run deterministic dispersion models. Thus, a meteorological pre-processor has been implemented operationally. The runs are made on a daily basis in a diagnostic configuration in the whole Po valley basin and for forecasting on selected grid points near the main urban areas of the Emilia-Romagna region.

Keywords: air quality assessment, air quality management, meteorological pre-processing

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