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May 2007 Task Force Meeting

Reading, UK, May 30- June 1, 2007

First Announcement and Call for Posters

The Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution plans to have its third meeting 30 May to 1 June in Reading (UK). The topics to be covered in the meeting include:

  • The content of the TF HTAP 2007 interim report and formal adoption of its executive summary. The main purpose of the interim report is to inform the Convention in its review of the 1999 multi-pollutant, multi-effect protocol (the Gothenburg protocol).
  • Scientific presentations on the effects of climate change on air pollution, with a focus on identifying issues that should be addressed further in the assessment of future impacts of intercontinental transport and hemispheric pollution.
  • Follow-up of the activities since the 2006 TF HTAP meeting, including reports on the workshops on emission inventories and projections, held in Beijing 18 to 20 October 2006 and on integrated observations, held in Geneva 23 to 25 January 2007.
  • Reports on the progress of the TF HTAP model intercomparison experiment phase one and the planning for future phases.
As in the Task Force’s past meetings workshops, participants are encouraged to present or submit posters of recent relevant research. The posters will be available for viewing and discussion throughout the meeting. We have found that this is a very effective way of improving communication within the Task Force. Of particular interest at this meeting are results related to the impacts of climate change on air quality. However, recent results related to any aspect of intercontinental transport and hemispheric pollution are welcome.

The Task Force is comprised of experts nominated by their national governments, intergovernmental organizations, and accredited nongovernmental organizations, as well as experts invited by the Chairs. Experts nominated by national governments are designated as national focal points, but participate in their individual capacities as experts and not as government representatives. To nominate an expert to serve in the Task Force, please contact the LRTAP Convention secretariat by email (air.env@unece.org). In practice, the Chairs welcome the participation of all experts who are interested and willing to contribute to the work of the Task Force.

Registration and further information will be available soon via the Task Force web site www.htap.org. Some limited funding for travel and accommodation is available to support participation from countries with economies in transition and countries outside the UNECE area.