Looking to expand your industry knowledge? Consider taking one of the professional development courses that are being offered prior to the conference on Monday, September 26, 2016. The course registration fee is not included in the regular conference registration; for course prices, please see the Registration Page.

For more information about the courses and instructors, contact Robin Lebovitz at or +1-412-904-6020.

Six tracks of courses are planned for Monday, September 26:

Half Day Course
Application of Time Series Methods to Air Quality Data
Instructor: Philip K. Hopke, Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science, Clarkson University

This course will provide an introduction to time series analyses of air quality data.  Such analyses can be used to understand the underlying causative factors for collected data or to use existing data to forecast future behavior.  There are a wide variety of available tools and their applicability and limitations of the various methods will be presented.  Examples of the application of various methods will be provided.  Click here for an outline.

Half Day Course
Visibility Metrics
Instructor: William Malm, PhD, Colorado State University/National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO

Visibility metrics fall into two broad categories: those that are scene dependent and those that are not.  Those that are not scene dependent are referred to as universal metrics, while those that depend on scene characteristics are scene-dependent metrics. Universal metrics are most typically related to direct measurement while scene dependent metrics are derived from imaging systems most typically web-cameras.  Each metric is related to fundamental atmospheric optical variables but in a variety of ways. The derivation of each metric highlighting the assumptions, strengths and limitations of each metric will be covered.  Examples of the use of each of the variables will be demonstrated highlighting the differences in applying the metrics to urban and more pristine rural areas including national parks and wilderness areas.  Demonstration of the effects that illumination and meteorology conditions have on visibility metrics and how sensitive these metrics are to the camera color “channels” used in the analysis will be covered. Course outline.

Half Day Course
Contemporary Aerosol Optics
Instructors: Hans Moosmuller, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV; Rajan Chakrabarty, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; and Rebecca Washenfelder, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO

This course will outline the importance of aerosol optics for estimating visibility impairment and radiative forcing of climate, identifying the relevant optical parameters that are needed for understanding and modeling. This will be followed by a general discussion of aerosol physics before focusing on contemporary measurement and characterization techniques of aerosol optical properties. Computational electromagnetic techniques discussed will include both exact calculation methods and useful approximations while the discussion on experimental techniques will include state-of-the-art in situ, filter-based, and remote sensing techniques and instruments for quantification of aerosol scattering, absorption, and extinction coefficients, phase functions and asymmetry parameters.

Full Day Course
Air Quality Modelling
Instructors: Mukesh KhareCivil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India; and S. M. Shiva Nagendra, Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

Visibility is a dynamic and complex local/urban phenomena. Fine particles and gaseous air pollution affect visibility in the ambient environment by creating haze through complex dispersion mechanisms. This course has been designed to give attendees a basic understanding of fundamental principles of contaminant dispersion including meteorological parameters affecting pollutant dispersion, principle of Gaussian plume theory, types of air quality models and their uses and techniques of model validation and verification and adjustments. Participants shall also be taught as to how visibility acts as a surrogate for air pollution impact on the environment followed by the theory of visibility prediction models using air quality relationship on increasing extinction coefficient or decreasing visibility. Click here for an outline.

Full Day Course
The Practical Use of Satellite Observations for Visibility and Air Quality Analysis
Instructors: Pawan Gupta, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; and Sean Raffuse, Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, University of California, Davis, CA

This course is in collaboration with NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET),  The course will provide an overview of satellite data and its application in visibility and air quality data analysis.  The focus will be on understanding what present satellite measurements can and can’t provide and how to use them.  In addition to an overview of satellite data and terminology, we will explore common and achievable uses for satellite data in air quality analysis (e.g., events, trends, long-range transport, spatial context) through a series of case studies.  Recently, we have seen a proliferation of tools and platforms that make using satellite data easier than ever.  This course will also cover current methods for discovering, acquiring, and processing satellite data.  Click here for an outline.

Full Day Course
Regional Haze Rule: Science, Modifications, and State Implementation Plan Requirements
Instructors: Bret Schichtel, NPS-ARD, Fort Collins, CO; and Tom Moore, WESTAR/WRAP, Fort Collins, CO

EPA is currently reviewing the requirements of the Regional Haze Rule (RHR), with any changes to be completed in 2016.  It is anticipated that the haze metrics used to track progress, estimate natural visibility goals and planning requirements will be modified resulting in new RHR guidance documents and potentially RHR changes.  These changes will impact the requirements for the next round of the RHR State Implementation Plans (SIPs) currently due in 2018.

This course will review the visibility and aerosol science and regulations underpinning the RHR.  Issues raised by States and others on the current RHR SIP requirements will be discussed and how revisions to these requirements address these issues.  With this background, detailed descriptions of the RHR SIP requirements will be presented and discussed along with examples of different elements of a SIP.  Click here for an outline.

Course Registration

Course registration includes refreshment breaks and a copy of the course manual. Lunch is on your own. Anyone who registers for the conference at the Full Nonmember rate and takes advantage of the membership offer is eligible to register for the professional development course at the Member rate. Rates are per course.

Note: A decision on whether a course will be offered will be determined shortly after the August 29th deadline.  If a course is cancelled, all registrants will be notified by our registrar.

Course Rates are listed on the Registration Page.

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