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Workshop 2

WRF Meteorological Modelling for Air Quality Impact Assessments

17 February 2019 | 08.00 – 16:00


Air Quality Support (AQS) will conduct a workshop on meteorological and dispersion modelling for air quality assessments during PetroEnvironment 2019. While the general principles of meteorological and dispersion modelling will be covered, the proposed workshop will ultimately focus on the standard models used. These include on the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, as well as the AERMOD and CALPUFF dispersion models.

As part of the workshop, an interactive session will be organised to ensure that participants experience first-hand model configuration.

Course Overview

  • considerations in preparing the meteorological dataset
    • critical meteorological variables
    • period of modelling – capturing the worst-case scenarios
    • domain configuration
    • meteorological data
      • observations
      • prognostic vs diagnostic models
    • generating a dataset for dispersion modelling
      • from observations
      • from a meteorological model
    • model validation
  • WRF Model
    • overview
    • system requirements
    • installation overview
    • WPS
      • default input data sources
      • improving input data
    • WRF
    • model configuration
    • physics options
    • WRF set up and run
  • MMIF
    • options
    • processing


Ella Castillo
Principal Consultant

Ella Castillo is an atmospheric scientist with over 18 years’ experience in air quality, mesoscale and local-scale meteorological modelling, dispersion modelling, emissions estimation, climate analysis and reporting. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Computer Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Ella specialises in the application of numerical models to conduct air quality and conduct air impact assessments for a range of industries including mining and extractive industries, transport, energy and agricultural businesses within Australia and other international projects. These include regulatory models used in Australia and overseas such as TAPM, CALMET/CALPUFF, AUSPLUME, and AERMOD, ISC3, and CAL3QHCR. This also includes the detailed configuration of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, which includes the optimisation of Physics options, generation of custom input geographic datasets, data assimilation, as well as processing results.

Ella is also a specialist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She created an algorithm which utilised advances in data generation capabilities of other environmental fields, inherently strengthening the connection between air quality and other areas of study. These methods significantly improved input information for models in a robust and efficient manner, and enabled translation of technical model data into information that can be utilised in other disciplines including environmental impact assessments.

Ella’s knowledge of databases extends beyond the spatial component of GIS. She also has significant experience in the development, management and maintenance of technical and administrative databases using MySQL, MS SQL, MariaDB, and Microsoft Access. She has worked with databases for numerical weather forecasts, comprehensive project management systems and detailed emissions inventories for government and industry clients.

She specialises in mathematical interpolation, data processing and analysis using scientific and object-oriented programming and scripting languages to improve data linkages across different formats and disciplines. Ella is well-versed in using an array of standard and specialist analytical fields in the air quality field.

Ella Castillo recently established her own company, Air Quality Support (AQS). AQS is based in Brisbane, Australia that specialises in dataset generation, air quality, climate, and greenhouse gas assessments. She will to keep utilising her knowledge, analytical skills, diverse background, and considerable experience in conducting air quality, greenhouse gas and climate assessments.

Course Fee: $750
Special offer: book workshop 2 & 4 together and save $150
Read more on Workshop 4 here
Length: 1 Day

Aloft Dhahran Hotel
21st St, King Saud Branch Road Crossing
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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