Terms of Reference

This committee is concerned with the role that meteorologists have in solving environmental problems associated with air pollution. Professionals involved with meteorological aspects of air pollution are generally concerned with knowledge of the atmospheric transport, diffusion, evolution of the vertical distribution, transformation, and removal mechanisms for air pollutants on urban to global scales. They are often called upon to evaluate the impacts of pollution controls and regulatory or policy actions in achieving and maintaining air quality and deposition goals. Examples of investigations requiring meteorological expertise include questions relating to alternative energy production and utilization scenarios, emergency response and long-term exposure aspects to toxic releases, issues of regional and intercontinental transport and deposition, and possible interactions between air quality and global climate change.

The Committee on Meteorological Aspects of Air Pollution serves as the focal point for the dissemination and integration of the diverse knowledge and expertise within the Society on this important subject. Emissions and the resulting air pollution are controlled by a great variety of atmospheric processes, for example, atmospheric turbulence and diffusion, the energy balance of the earth-atmosphere system, cloud physics phenomena, and photochemical transitions, which are individually of primary interest to other scientific committees of the Society. This committee serves as a focal point to integrate meteorology with areas of atmospheric physics and chemistry united in their interest in air pollution sources and effects. The committee assists in the arrangements for the presentation of the latest developments in this technical area at meetings and symposia.

This committee also serves in a consulting capacity to other groups, such as governmental commissions on scientific issues involved with air-pollution-related problems. The committee coordinates many of its activities with related groups both within and outside the Society to achieve broad interdisciplinary objectives. Examples of cooperative activity between AMS committees include joint sessions and meetings between this committee and the Committees on Atmospheric Chemistry and Mountain Meteorology and the Board on the Urban Environment.

The committee also nominates distinguished individuals to become Fellows and to receive awards of the Society.