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Courses will be conducted on Friday, June 28, 2019. 
 
Course Title Instructors Time Level 
AIR- 135: Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology & Dispersion Modeling Anthony J. Sadar
HALF DAY
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beginner
AIR-277: Environmental Issues in Gas Turbine Energy Systems Manfred Klein HALF DAY
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Intermediate
AIR-299: AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling Jesse Theʼ FULL DAY
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Beginner

Continuing Education credit certificates will be offered. 

Course Descriptions

Friday, June 28

AIR- 135: Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology & Dispersion Modeling

Friday, June 28 • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Anthony J. Sadar, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Air Pollution Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department, Air Quality Program
 
Thriving in the winds of change of air quality issues can be quite challenging without a fundamental understanding of air pollution meteorology and air dispersion modeling.  Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology & Dispersion Modeling will introduce participants to the basic theory and practice of this crucial environmental field using familiar concepts and clear examples.
 
Furthermore, this course was acclaimed in Anthony J. Sadar’s reception of the Outstanding Service to MARAMA award in February 2015.  (MARAMA is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association.  The popular course he taught was a webinar titled “Fundamentals of Air Pollution Meteorology & Modeling.”)

Participants will gain an understanding and background knowledge of the following:
 
•        The Atmosphere (Constituents, Structure & Basic Laws)
•        Atmospheric Dynamics (Temporal & Spatial Scale of Events)
•        Air Pollution Dispersion (Sources->Dispersion->Receptors)
•        Air Dispersion Modeling (Observation-Theory-Models, Empirical Research & Statistics)
•        U.S. EPA Guidelines (Guideline on Air Quality Models & Other Guidance)
•        AERSCREEN & AERMOD (Input/Output, Interpretation of Results, Comparison)
•        Additional Modeling Guidance & Support (Requirements for Regulatory Modeling)
•        References & Resources

 
AIR-277: Environmental Issues in Gas Turbine Energy Systems

Friday, June 28 • 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Instructor: Manfred Klein, Principal Environmental Consultant, MA Klein and Associates
 
This 1/2 day course will provide a basic understanding of design and environmental issues for gas turbine energy systems used in cogeneration and district heating service, pipeline compression and power generation.  These clean, reliable and efficient energy technologies are gaining attention globally with effective utilization of available diverse resources, with reduced air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Attendees will learn about the following topics:  
•  Basic gas turbine designs and efficiencies
•  Cogeneration, district heating & cooling and combined cycle applications
•  CHP policy considerations, and linkages to renewable energy
•  Combustion and emissions issues, life cycle emission considerations
•  System performance, reliability, and emissions prevention technologies
•  Environmental regulations, EA case studies of systems
 
Participants will learn how to: 
•  Estimate GHG and air pollutant emission rates, and system efficiencies for various gas turbine plant configurations
•  Understand synergies and tradeoffs among types of air emissions
•  Gain insights into existing and proposed GT energy projects, and how they can contribute to clean and reliable energy solutions
•  Learn about concepts useful in doing environmental assessments

AIR-299: AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling
Friday, June 28 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Jesse Theʼ, Ph.D., P.Eng, President/CEO, Lakes Environmental Software
 
This full-day course provides attendees with a full understanding of the AERMOD modeling system by balancing theory with hands-on-real world case studies. At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand the basics of regulatory air dispersion modeling for permit applications and risk assessments. Topics covered by this course include:

• Physics of air dispersion and atmospheric physics
• Meteorological pre-processing with AERMET
• Terrain processing with AERMAP
• U.S. EPA NAAQS overview
• Comparison of AERMOD to other models

No prerequisites are required. A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel™ would be beneficial to the attendees.
 Note - Attendees are required to bring a laptop to fully participate in hands-on case studies.