Combined Interface for Project Level Air Quality Analysis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the computer program, Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES), to model carbon monoxide (CO), coarse particulate matter (PM10), fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and mobile source air toxics (MSATs) emissions. The model can also perform greenhouse gas emissions analyses. Forty-nine states use MOVES while California uses EMission FACtors (EMFAC) model to estimate vehicle emissions. Project level analyses may also require the use of dispersion models such as CAL3QHC, CAL3QHCR, or AERMOD. Running these dispersion and emissions models require a high level of technical expertise. With the complexity of the models, the associated requirements/guidance, and the computer programs developed, many state DOTs are finding it technically challenging to perform air quality analysis or review analyses completed by consultants. In particular, there is a need for a user-friendly software, graphical user interface, or web-based interface for practitioners working on transportation air quality analyses at the project level. Practitioners need a combined interface to input data on a step-by-step basis, select dispersion or emission models, run the models, and process the outputs. Research is needed to create such a combined interface for running existing federally approved and public domain models. The objective of this project is to develop a combined user-friendly interface for air quality practitioners to run: (a) EPA approved public domain emission and dispersion models for carbon monoxide and particulate matter, and (b) public domain emission models for mobile source air toxics and greenhouse gases. The interface will be applied by practitioners to conduct and review project level transportation air quality analyses.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-48

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Performing Organizations:

    Resource Systems Group Incorporated

    55 Rail Row
    White River Junction, VT  United States  05001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chamberlin, Robert

  • Start Date: 20140424
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160723
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160723
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37691

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545931
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-48
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 27 2014 1:01AM