Provisional program

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Instructions for speakers, session chairs, and poster presenters

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Traffic information guide from Sannomiya station to Kobe International Conference Center

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Traffic information guide from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Kobe Sannomiya

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Location of Hotels

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Organized sessions

1. Title: Air quality integrated assessment at the regional/urban scales
Conveners: Philippe Thunis, Alain Clappier
Description: This session aims at collecting experiences from modeling groups who have applied integrated assessment modeling approaches to solve air pollution issues in different regions (e.g. province, sub-national areas…) and/or cities. These integrated modeling approaches can range from relatively “simple” (application of what-if scenarios, simplified input data...) to more complex ones in which costs of the abatement measures and their benefits are accounted for economically in an optimized way. These various modeling experiences will be an opportunity to share information on specific aspects: (1) How is the linkage with the larger scale performed (boundary condition), (2) what methodology is used to simplify the chemistry transport model (surrogate models), 3) How are uncertainties dealt with, 4) Optimization process…
2. Title: Volatile organic compounds and their relationship with ozone in the atmosphere
Conveners: Sandra Saunders, Hai Guo, Xinming Wang, Sean Lam
Description: Photochemical smog, characterized by high concentrations of ozone (O3) and fine particles, is of great concern in many Asian cities, e.g. Toyko, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Seoul. Although volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and NOx are known key precursors of O3 formation, the development of effective strategies for reducing O3 pollution in megacities is still problematic due to the non-linear dependency of O3 formation on NOx and VOCs. There are hundreds of VOC species measured in the atmosphere. Their degradation mechanisms involve tens of thousands of reactions with unique rates depending on the atmospheric conditions. Furthermore, they are also emitted into the atmosphere at different mass emission rates, depending on the local and regional industries, land-use and biogenic sources. Hence, it is important to determine which VOC species have the largest influence on the O3 formation in the different regions. Without this knowledge we will not be able to properly formulate effective O3 reduction strategies, i.e. which target pollutants need to be controlled. The proposed session will mainly focus on the relationship between VOCs and O3 formation.
3. Title:Physicochemical properties of carbonaceous aerosols and their effects on air quality, public health and climate
Conveners: Kei Sato, Tomoki Nakayama, Yu Morino
Description: Our presentations and discussions will cover 1) Heterogeneous and multiphase chemistry of organic aerosols, 2) Toxicity and immunological effects of carbonaceous aerosols, 3) Regional and global modeling perspectives on cloud microphysics, climate and health effects of atmospheric aerosols.
4. Title: International research projects on global and regional atmospheric environment under the SATREPS program
Conveners: Isao Kanda, Shinji Wakamatsu, Gakuji Kurata, Akira Mizuno, Nobuo Sugimoto
Description: Highlights of international research projects under the SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) program funded by Japanese agencies JST and JICA will be presented. The projects include Japan-Mexico project on ozone, VOCs, and PM2.5; Japan-Malaysia project on low-carbon society; Japan-Argentina-Chile project on atmospheric aerosols. The session covers a wide spectrum of atmospheric science, but emphasis will be put on the importance of comparative studies among countries at different levels of natural and economical conditions.
5. Title: Impact and adaptation methodology for climate change in urban areas
Conveners: Satoru Iizuka, Manabu Kanda, Hiroyuki Kusaka, Xieyao Ma, Hiroaki Kondo
Description: In this session, we will discuss the impact of climate change on an urban scale and an adaptation methodology against climate change that is particularly important in urban areas. This includes downscale modeling of climate change on urban, neighborhood, and building scales and the future projection of urban climate and meteorology, including heat waves, droughts, severe storms, and floods. It may be important to share information concerning methodologies for adapting against the impact of climate change to protect people from health hazards, heat waves, and other hazards related to atmospheric phenomena. We also call for reports of the impact of climate change actually occurring in dynamically changing Asian cities as well as possible countermeasures.
6. Title: Applying a Computational Fluid Dynamic model to atmospheric environmental issues
Conveners: Hiroaki Kondo, Koichi Sada
Description: With the recent rapid development of computers, the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model is expected to be a promising tool for analyzing and solving the complicated atmospheric environmental issues with complicated boundary conditions and various atmospheric stabilities. However, consensus, through a process of agreement formation, is required regarding many points in the application of CFD models to practical environmental issues. In this session, discussion will focus on the experience of applying state-of-the-art CFD models to atmospheric environment problems, the processes of verification and validation (V&V), and other important points for applying CFD models to practical problems.
7. Title: Regional/urban emission inventory in Asia Pacific region
Conveners: Toshimasa Ohara, Tazuko Morikawa
Description: The development and improvement of emission inventories (EI) in regional/urban scale is an extremely important task for understanding of atmospheric environmental changes and solution to air pollution. The research activities for regional/urban EI are rapidly increasing in Asia Pacific region. However, the collaborative research activities are very insufficient so far. Furthermore, the intensive and interactive linkages with forward/inversed modeling are necessary for decreasing of uncertainty in EI. This session aims at (1) understanding the current status of regional/urban EI in Asia Pacific region, (2) exchanging the experience of EI, and (3) seeking an effective way to improve the EI.
8. Title: Long-term trends of atmospheric composition of air quality relevance (canceled)
Conveners: Hiroshi Tanimoto, Dan Jaffe, Paul Monks
Description: Long-term trend of the atmospheric composition is one of central interests in the atmospheric sciences. In particular, the trends of air pollutants provide important information on the effectiveness of air quality policy at national and regional levels, and even at the global level as these air pollutants are now recognized as short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) that substantially contribute to changing climate. We welcome presentations on the past trends of gaseous and particulate species including tropospheric ozone, aerosols, and their precursors such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, dust, PM2.5 and 10, and black and organic carbon, in a variety of regions of the Earth from continental to marine, remote to urban, and lower to upper atmospheres. Observed trends by ground-based monitoring, balloon-borne and aircraft measurements, and satellite-derived products will be presented. We encourage presentations from under-reported regions such as emerging countries. Emission inventory and modeling studies to reconcile past trends and to project future trends are also highly welcome. The factors controlling the trends and environmental and climatic implications will be discussed.
9. Title: How can electron microscopy improve atmospheric models?
Conveners: Yuji Zaizen, Yasuhito Igarashi, Mizuo Kajino, Koji Adachi
Description: For the development of computer models projecting air quality, it is essential to incorporate into models aerosol microphysics and chemistry together with its complex nature. Although electron microscopy should play a crucial role on improving aerosol models, there has been a gap between the two methods: single particle analysis v.s. bulk approach. Thanks to the technological advancement in the recent years, the gap has been becoming smaller. Now it is the time for the improved communication between electron microscopists and aerosol modelers. The purpose of the session is to discuss (1) current atmospheric aerosol research making use of electron microscopy and (2) the use of the results of such studies in aerosol model simulations. (3) Participation of electron microscopists (aerosol modelers) having suggestions or requests to aerosol modelers (electron microscopists) toward possible future collaborations are highly appreciated.
10. Title: Urban air quality: Climate change, health and e-resilience
Conveners: Chirashree Ghosh, Aloke Mukherjee Arun Sharma
Description: Human activities in an increasingly globalized, industrialized and interconnected world are influencing both air quality and climate change at urban and regional scale beside global scales. Rapid population growth and increased energy demands are the primary forces causing large quantities of harmful pollutants and green house gases to be emitted in the atmosphere, resulting in serious human health and environmental consequences. Specifically, urbanization in India is more rapid around the major cities and sustainable progress has been made over the past few decades to prevent and control air pollution through a combination of technology improvement and policy measures. However, increasing human activities are offsetting some of the gains and millions of people are being exposed to harmful levels of air toxins as a result here the link between pollution and health is becoming a complex and contingent process. The commonality of both the challenges (climate change and pollution) at urban context and responding to the need of innovative ICT’s in the context of air pollution, climate change & health are not still properly understood. Therefore there is a need to take a coordinated approach in dealing with air pollution, climate change and urban health research, especially if it is going to impact on local interventions and activities. Additionally the ICT access in India which is undergoing a rapid transformation could possibly present new opportunities for interventions. Taking leaf from the above statement, the session will therefore highlight the agenda with respect to Air quality and Urban Health with the intervention of ICT.

General sessions

- Acid deposition
- Aerosols
- Chemistry in the troposphere
- Emergency release (including radio nuclides)
- Interaction between air pollution and climate change and its co-benefit countermeasures
- Improvement of air quality in developing countries
- Long-range and cross-boundary transport in Asia-Pacific region
- Meteorology related to air pollution
- Pollution control and political issues
- Urban air quality and environment

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