Projections of future transportation-related air quality impacts require the use of mathematical models that relate emissions to air quality. Whereas the derivation and use of such models have received much attention (at least for inert pollutants, such as CO), much less attention has been paid to questions of the interpretation of th concentrations these models predict and how the predictions relate to real atmospheric quantities. Concepts of validity and accuracy must be carefully defined for any model that is to be used in order that the predictions from the model can be properly evaluated. The purpose of this paper is to formulate the concepts of validity and accuracy for atmospheric air pollutant diffusion models and to suggest numerical experiments that can be used to test both the validity and the accuracy of the models. /Author/

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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 34-45
  • Monograph Title: Assessing transportation-related air quality impacts
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  • Created Date: Sep 21 1981 12:00AM