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TF HTAP Workshop:
Focusing on Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Arctic

Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1 to 3 April 2009

This workshop will be hosted by Russia's Federal State Unitary Enterprise's Scientific Research Institute of Atmospheric Air Protection (SRI Atmosphere), in conjunction with their Atmospheres 2009 Conference, 30-31 March 2009. The workshop is being organized in consultation with the LRTAP Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections, the EMEP centres, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, and the UNEP Global Partnership for Mercury Fate and Transport Research. The workshop will be held in English and in Russian through parallel interpretation.

The workshop will focus on three topics:
  1. Emission inventories and projections of air pollutants in the EECCA and SEE countries
  2. The modeling of intercontinental transport of POPs and mercury
  3. Air pollution in the Arctic
Emission inventories of air pollution (including ozone and fine particle precursors, mercury, and POPs) play a key role in modelling and air quality management at the local, regional and global scale. The workshop aims to enhance technical and scientific cooperation on emission inventories and projections, particularly in the Eastern European, Caucasus and the Central Asian (EECCA) countries and South Eastern European (SEE) countries.

Sessions will include presentations and discussions on emission inventories and projections and ways to improve the completeness and quality of information for EECCA and SEE countries. A further aim of the workshop is to continue the preparations for the TF HTAP 2010 Assessment report on intercontinental transport of air pollution, particularly focusing on the modeling of POPs and mercury. Sessions are planned on the further model studies needed to provide quantitative assessments of intercontinental transport.

The workshop will also discuss new information about the air pollution effects in the Arctic including air pollution induced climate change, such as the role of ozone and black carbon and their effects on radiative forcing.

Registration for the St. Petersburg Workshop is now open, here.