The U.S. EPA's International Emissions Inventory Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida, August 13 - 16, 2012. We invite you to submit a short abstract proposing a topic you would like to present during the conference.
This year's conference focuses on how emission inventories meet the challenges posed by emerging global, national, regional and local air quality issues. This theme highlights issues such as:
- How inventories can be used to assess the impacts of long-range transport on local NAAQS and other air quality issues;
- How inventories need to be adapted to support emerging climate issues (including multi-pollutant strategies for air quality vs climate benefits issues);
- How the NEI and other emission inventory collection efforts can benefit by looking to special studies and other active on-going research in the areas of focus for this conference;
- Which sectors in the inventory are the most difficult to characterize in a given area facing air quality and climate issues? How can the emissions in these sectors be improved?
Our conference will provide a useful forum for the exchange of ideas and information on the development and uses of emissions data. Participating organizations are expected to include state, local, tribal, regional, international agencies, industry and academia.
Invitation to Submit Abstracts for Papers andd Presentation You are invited to submit a short abstract on a relevant topic that you would like to present by podium (orally) or by poster (visual display), or both. Authors will be notified upon selection of abstracts. A paper submission will be required for podium presentations. Podium presentations are a maximum of 25 minutes in length, including questions and answers.
A paper submission or an extended abstract will be required for posters. Posters may be submitted alone, or to compliment a podium presentation. Abstracts and papers will be included in the conference program and proceedings.
The topic may present studies and projects such as:
- Analysis techniques to identify potentially missing emissions sources or those in need of improved characterization in areas with air quality issues (comparisons with ambient data, recpeptor modeling techniques, source tagging analyses, etc.)
- Use of GIS methods and other innovative tools for inventory development activities
- Improvement of meta-data reporting and review as part of emission inventory submittals
- Efficient approaches for developing, handling, analyzing, and quality assuring emissions data
- Requirements and uses of local and regional emission inventories in global air quality and climate assessment --- including ways to make inventory data available to a variety of end users
- Comprehensive data management or air quality management approaches that integrate multiple pollutants for multiple uses
- Integrations of HAPs/CAPs with GHGs
- Speciation improvements for particulate matter and precursors, volatile organic compounds, and air toxics -- incuding improving characterization at international level
- Analysis of multi-pollutant emissions and controls for a specific source sector in a Non-Attainment area or in an area that faces multi-faceted Air Quality and/ or climate issues.
Your abstract topic may fall into one or more of the subject session areas below. When submitting your abstract, you will be prompted to indicate which of the session areas best suit your abstract topic. If your abstract matches more than one session area, list your choices of other sessions in your preferred order. Based on topics received, sessions may be adjusted.
- Innovative EI Development Methods
- Stationary Sources/Area Sources
- Biomass Burning -- Managed Burning, Wildfires, Agricultural Burning
- EI Preparation for Modeling
- Global/International Issues ---including those that may impact US Air Quality
- Tools - Leveraging Technology for Improved Inventories
- EI Validation & Quality Assurance
- Tribal Inventories and Issues
- New Technology - GIS, Satellites and other remote sensings tools
- PM and ammonia emissions from Agriculture
- Emissions Impacts of Renewable Fuels
- Emission Projection Schemes--domestically and globally
- Greenhouse Gases (GHG) including Short-Lived Climate Forcers ("SLCFs": Black Carbon, Ozone, Methane)
Invitation to Submit Ideas for Special-Topic Sessions. In addition to the topics and potential sessions listed above, if you have ideas about special topics that could benefit the emissions inventory community, please let us know. For example, we are hopeful to have a "roundtable" discussion on how to improve US biomass burning inventories as part of that session. If you make a suggestion, please be specific about the topic as possible and the intended audience (i.e., whether it may benefit the broader inventory community or be more useful for a narrower audience), and suggest how you think it could be delivered within the technical program. Such special topics might be woven into the technical program as a new session area, panel discussion forums, lunchtime informational seminars, part of the plenary session, or as Internet-Web session. Please email your specific ideas by Friday, January 27, 2012 to Tesh Rao, at at
Emissions Inventory Software Showcase
During the conference week, we will also highlight ideas and solutions regarding software for emissions inventory applications. This is an opportunity for conference attendees to demonstrate emission inventory related software. If you are interested in demonstrating software for the showcase, complete the pdf document located at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/ei20/showcase_form.pdf and email to
ABSTRACTS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN January 27, 2012. Abstracts will be used in the preliminary program. Authors will be notified upon selection of abstracts. Podium presentations will require a paper submission. Poster presentations will require an extended abstract or a paper submission. The due dates for papers and presentations will be announced in the program timeline in the next few weeks.
To submit an abstract not to exceed 250 words complete the pdf document located at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/ei20/abstract_form.pdf and email
. This procedure will be the primary mechanism for submitting abstracts, papers, and presentation materials. You will be asked to provide your contact information for conference planning correspondence. Correspondence will include emails confirming abstract receipt, session assignment, reviews of submissions, and reminders of due dates.
EPA Conference Sponsors and Contacts:
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Emissions Inventory and Analysis Group