2015 International Emission Inventory Conference
"Air Quality Challenges: Tackling the Changing Face of Emissions"
The U.S. EPA’s 2015 International Emission Inventory Conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Diego, CA, April 12-16, 2015.
This year’s conference will focus on how emission inventories meet the challenges posed by emerging air quality issues, with a focus on the Western U.S. This theme highlights such issues as:
- How inventories can be used to assess the impacts of long-range transport on local NAAQS and other air quality issues;
- How do key sectors in the Western U.S., including Oil & Gas, Fires, and Agriculture affect local and regional air quality;
- What are the current challenges in estimating emissions for key sectors? How can we improve emission estimates for these key western sectors in inventories?
- How can we better account for tribal emissions to help improve air quality within tribal lands? Which sectors are key to tribal areas in the western US?
- How can we leverage work going on at the regional and local levels to inform the National Emissions Inventory?
- How are such air quality emissions issues connected to emissions of greenhouse gases? How can both air quality improvement and global warming mitigation be considered in emissions methods?
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 and 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 as to the selected formats. A paper submission will be required for podium presentations. Podium presentations are a maximum of 25 minutes in length, including a minimum of 5 minutes for questions and answers at the end of presentation.
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 following list provides example topics of interest to the audience for this conference. All topics will be considered even if a topic is not included in these examples.
- Quality assurance of key sectors in the National Emissions Inventory (ambient data comparisons, inverse modeling techniques, source tagging techniques, etc.)
- Use of geographic information systems (GIS), satellite-based methods, and other innovative tools for inventory development, and/or QA of inventories
- Use of top-down and bottom-up methods to improve emission factors for a given sector/source category
- Improvement of meta-data reporting and review as part of emission inventory submittals
- Ways to improve data sharing and availing data to a variety of end users
- Improved methods to allocate annual/county emissions to higher resolutions needed for driving air quality models
- Ways to improve control information in the NEI (updates, review, and handling)
- Oil and Gas emission effects on air quality in the winter season in the Western U.S. EPA
- Ways to improve biomass burning emission estimates: wild, prescribed and agricultural fires.
- Explorations into the relationship between fire emissions characteristics and ambient data that can be excluded under EPA’s Exceptional Event Rules
- Approaches for using localized information be used to better estimate agricultural emissions in the western and other parts of the U.S.?
- Speciation improvements for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5)
An abstract topic may fall into or be related to one or more of the subject sessions areas below. When submitting an abstract, you will be prompted to indicate which of the session areas best suit your topic. If your abstract matches more than one session area, please list your choices of other sessions in your preferred order. While we will do our best to place your paper into your most preferred choice for session, session limitations may necessitate the need to find the next best session for your paper.
- Innovative EI Development/QA Methods and Data Analysis
- Stationary Sources
- Area Sources, including agricultural sectors
- Emission Factors
- EI Development and preparation for Air Quality modeling
- Global/International Issues, including GHGs and those that may affect western US air quality
- Air Toxics
- Tools development for improving development, display and review of emission inventories
- Tribal Inventories and Issues
- New Technology - GIS, Satellites and other remote sensing tools used in EI development and review
- Emission Projections
- GHGs, including methane, BC and other short-lived climate forcers
- Improving Oil and Gas Emissions Inventories
- Biomass Burning: what are the new frontiers?
- Emissions and their role in explaining observed or modeled air quality levels
Invitation to Submit Ideas for Special-Topic Sessions
In addition to the topics and potential sessions listed above, if you have ideas about session topics that could benefit the emissions inventory community, please let us know. For example, the focus of this conference is on Western EI issues, and a “roundtable” discussion on how to improve some of the sectors most important to the Western States could be planned as part of a session listed above. If you make a suggestion, please be very specific about the topic and the interested audience (broad EI community vs narrower audience) and suggest too 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 sessions/seminars, as an add-on to the plenary session, or as an Internet-Web session. Please email your specific ideas by November 28, 2014 to Tesh Rao, at EIC2015@epa.gov.
ABSTRACTS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2014.
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.
Click here to submit an abstract not to exceed 250 words via pdf document and email to EIC2015@epa.gov. 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.
You can find a Style Guide for abstracts, papers, and posters at https://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/conference/styleguide_15.pdf
EPA Conference Sponsors and Contacts:
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Emissions Inventory and Analysis Group