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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2012, Article ID 959280, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/959280
Research Article

An Air Quality Management System for Policy Support in Cyprus

1Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University, University Campus, P.O. Box 483, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
2Department of Labour Inspection, Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, Apelli 12, 1480 Nicosia, Cyprus, Greece

Received 13 February 2012; Accepted 22 March 2012

Academic Editor: Tareq Hussein

Copyright © 2012 Nicolas Moussiopoulos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The recent air quality directive (2008/50/EC) encourages the introduction of modelling as a necessary tool for air quality assessment and management. Towards this aim, an air quality management system (AQMS) has been developed and installed in the Department of Labour Inspection (DLI) of the Republic of Cyprus. The AQMS comprises of two operational modules, providing hourly nowcasting and daily forecasting of the air quality status, implemented as an integrated model system that performs nested grid meteorological and photochemical simulations. A third operational module provides the capability of an interactive configuration of custom emission scenarios and corresponding model runs covering user-defined domains of interest. Statistical indicators are calculated at the end of each day for the measurement locations of DLI's air quality monitoring network. Besides, the system provides an advanced user interface, which is realised as a web-based application providing access to model results from any computer with an internet connection and a web browser.