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Real time, high resolution regional weather and air quality forecasting system in West Macedonia, Greece

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This paper presents an overview of the University of Western Macedonia's (UoWM) operational model for predicting the prevailing meteorological and air quality conditions on a high resolution (2 × 2 km²) scale. The MM5 – SMOKE – CMAQ has been suitably parameterised with respect to the particular geographical and climatic characteristics of the region of West Macedonia. The system is designed to produce hourly forecasts for a 72 h horizon in addition to air quality indices and comparisons to the current EC and national regulatory limits. The performance of the system against observational data is discussed.

Keywords: regional air quality, operational forecasts, MM5, CMAQ, weather forecasting, air pollution, Greece, modelling

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