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Introduction to camx

Introduction to CAMx

ENVIRON International Corporation


  • Conceptual Overview

    • Ozone Chemistry

    • Modeling Atmospheric Dispersion

  • Description of CAMx

    • Model Design

    • Comparison to Other Models

  • Application of CAMx

    • Model Setup

Conceptual overview introduction to atmospheric dispersion
Conceptual OverviewIntroduction to Atmospheric Dispersion

  • All models solve some form of the Continuity Equation

  • Relates changes in pollutant concentration to:

    • “Dispersion”

      • Advection (transport by mean/resolved wind)

      • Turbulent diffusion (transport by unresolved motion)

    • Chemical reactions

    • Deposition

    • Emissions

Conceptual overview general form of the continuity equation eulerian form
Conceptual OverviewGeneral Form of the Continuity Equation(Eulerian Form)

Mathematical solution (integration) of the general form is difficult

  • Simplifying assumptions are required

Conceptual overview three general types of air quality models
Conceptual OverviewThree General Types of Air Quality Models

  • Lagrangian types -- Coordinate system follows

    air parcels

  • Eulerian types – Coordinate system is fixed in space

  • Hybrid types – Incorporate features of Lagrangian types into an

    Eulerian framework

Conceptual overview lagrangian models
Conceptual OverviewLagrangian Models

  • Many simplifying assumptions

    • Air parcel coherency

    • Break down quickly, especially in complex wind flows

  • Cost-effective solution at relatively close range for a relatively small number of sources

  • Readily produce source-receptor relationships

  • Severe technical limitations for:

    • Large numbers of sources

    • Regional-scale transport applications

    • Non-linearly reactive pollutants

Conceptual overview lagrangian models1
Conceptual OverviewLagrangian Models

  • Gaussian Plume Models

    • The earliest air models

    • Many simplifying assumptions provide closed-form analytical solutions

      • Steady-state (i.e., time invariant)

      • Spatially uniform (homogeneous) dispersion

      • Inert or first-order decay

    • Examples include:

      • ISC

      • COMPLEX

      • RTDM

      • AERMOD

Conceptual overview gaussian plume model
Conceptual OverviewGaussian Plume Model

Conceptual overview lagrangian models2
Conceptual OverviewLagrangian Models

  • Gaussian Puff Models

    • Fewer simplifying assumptions

      • Retain plume coherency assumption

    • Employ analytical solutions for each puff, but:

      • Must track large numbers of puffs

    • Examples include:

      • CALPUFF

      • SCIPUFF

    • Some models developed for individual reactive plumes; e.g., RPM

      • Numerical solution methods needed for chemistry

      • Chemical interactions between puffs, segments, or particles cannot be fully treated

Conceptual overview eulerian models
Conceptual OverviewEulerian Models

  • Generally considered to be technically superior

    • Allow more comprehensive, explicit treatment of

      • Physical processes

      • Chemical processes

      • Interactions of numerous sources

  • Require sophisticated solution methods

    • Employ discrete time steps and operator splitting

    • Computational grid (“grid models”)

    • Relatively expensive to apply for long periods

Conceptual overview grid cell processes
Conceptual OverviewGrid Cell Processes

Conceptual overview eulerian models1
Conceptual OverviewEulerian Models

  • Subgrid resolution can be a limitation

    • As grid size and time step are reduced

      • Accuracy increases, but

      • Computational time increases

    • Advanced grid models can

      • Employ improved accuracy in critical locations

      • Allow cost effective application on urban to regional scales

Conceptual overview eulerian models2
Conceptual OverviewEulerian Models

  • Before source apportionment techniques, many runs were required to:

    • Establish source-receptor relationships

    • Evaluate effective control strategies

  • Examples of early photochemical grid models include:

    • UAM-IV

    • RADM


Conceptual overview hybrid models
Conceptual OverviewHybrid Models

  • Incorporate features of Lagrangian models into grid model framework

    • Overcome many of the limitations of sub-grid processes

    • Provides practical advantages of Lagrangian models, by development of:

      • Plume-in-Grid (PiG) sub-models

      • Variable (nested) grid resolution

      • Source apportionment techniques

  • Capitalize on availability of low-cost high-speed computers

Conceptual overview hybrid models1
Conceptual OverviewHybrid Models

  • Examples of hybrid photochemical grid models include:

    • CAMx


    • UAM-V

Conceptual overview summary
Conceptual OverviewSummary

  • Photochemical hybrid models

    • Preferred means for addressing complex and nonlinear processes affecting reactive tropospheric air pollutants

    • Variable grid spacing (nested grids)

    • Lagrangian PiG sub-models to treat subgrid plume dispersion and chemistry

    • Source apportionment and process analysis tools

  • These models invoke fewer assumptions, but require:

    • More computer resources

    • Sophisticated numerical integration methods

Description of camx comprehensive air quality model with extensions camx version 4 00
Description of CAMxComprehensive Air quality Model with extensions (CAMx), Version 4.00

  • 3-D Eulerian/hybrid tropospheric photochemical transport model

    • Treats emissions, chemistry, dispersion, removal

    • Chemical species

      • Photochemical gasses (NOx, VOC, CO, O3)

      • Aerosols (sulfate, nitrate, organics, inert)

    • Applicable scales

      • From individual point sources (< 1 km)

      • To regional (>1000 km)

Description of camx camx v4 00
Description of CAMx CAMx v4.00

  • Unifies features required of “state-of-the-science” models

    • New coding of several industry-accepted algorithms

    • Computational and memory efficient

    • Easy to use

    • Modular framework permits easy substitution of revised and/or alternate algorithms

    • Publicly available (

Description of camx camx v4 001
Description of CAMx CAMx v4.00

  • Technical features:

    • Grid nesting

      • Horizontal and vertical nesting

      • Supports multiple levels

      • Variable meshing factors

    • Plume-in-Grid (PiG) sub-model

    • Multiple, fast and accurate chemical mechanisms

    • Mass conservative and mass consistent transport scheme

Description of camx camx v4 002
Description of CAMx CAMx v4.00

  • Multiple map projections

    • Geodetic (latitude/longitude)

    • Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)

    • Lambert Conformal Projection (LCP)

    • Rotated Polar Stereographic Projection (PSP)

  • Multiple probing tools

    • Ozone Source Apportionment Technology (OSAT)

    • Decoupled Direct Method (DDM) of sensitivity analysis

    • Process Analysis tools (IPR, IRR, CPA)

Description of camx technical approach
Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Overview

    • Solves continuity equation for each species

    • Time splitting operation

      • Each process solved individually each time step, each grid

    • Master time step:

      • Maintains stable solution of transport on master grid

      • Multiple nested grid steps per master step

      • Multiple chemistry steps per master step

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Transport

    • Advection and diffusion solvers are mass conservative

    • 3-D advection is mass consistent

      • Linked via divergent atmospheric incompressible continuity equation

    • Order of east-west and north-south advection alternates each master step

    • Two options for horizontal advection solver:

      • Bott (1989): area-preserving flux-form solver

      • Colella and Woodward (1984): piecewise-parabolic method

Description of camx technical approach2
Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Vertical transport solved with implicit scheme

    • Resolved vertical velocity

    • Mass exchange across variable vertical layer structure

  • Vertical diffusion solved with implicit scheme

    • Dry deposition rates used as surface boundary condition

  • Horizontal diffusion solved with explicit scheme

    • 2-D simultaneous

Description of camx technical approach3
Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Pollutant removal

    • Dry deposition

      • First order removal rate based on deposition velocity (Weseley, 1989)

      • Dependent upon: season, land cover, solar flux, surface stability, surface wetness, gas solubility and diffusivity, aerosol size

    • Wet scavenging

      • First order removal rate based on scavenging coefficient

      • Gas rates depend upon solubility and diffusivity

      • Aerosol rates depend upon size

      • Separate in-cloud and below-cloud rates (Seinfeld and Pandis, 1998)

Description of camx technical approach4
Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Photochemistry

    • CBM-IV (Gery et al., 1989)

      • 3 variations available

    • SAPRC99 (Carter, 2000)

      • Chemically up-to-date

      • Tested extensively against environmental chamber data

      • Uses a different approach for VOC lumping

    • All mechanisms are balanced for nitrogen conservation

    • Photolysis rates derived from TUV preprocessor

      • Can be affected by cloud optical depth

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Gas-phase chemistry solvers

    • Most “expensive” component of simulation

    • CAMx CMC solver

      • Increases efficiency and flexibility

      • Adaptive hybrid approach:

        • Radicals (fastest reactions) – in steady state

        • Fast state species – second-order Runge-Kutta

        • Slow state species – solved explicitly

      • “Adaptive” = number of fast species can change according to chemical regime

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Implicit-Explicit Hybrid solver (Sun et al, 1994)

    • Accuracy comparable to reference methods (LSODE)

    • IEH vs. CMC:

      • Accuracy similar during the day

      • IEH more accurate during the night

      • IEH several times slower

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Aerosol chemistry

    • Gas-phase mechanism (CBM-IV Mech 3) with:

      • Additional biogenic olefin (terpenes)

      • Condensible organic gas species

      • Chlorine and HCl chemistry

      • Homogeneous SO2 to sulfate

      • Photochemical production of nitric acid

    • Aerosol mechanism calculates:

      • Aqueous SO2 to sulfate (CMAQ/RADM-AQ)

      • Condensible organic gasses to organic aerosols (SOAP)

      • NO3/SO4/NH3/Na/Cl equilibrium (ISORROPIA)

      • Size spectrum is static, user-defined

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Aerosol species treated:

    • Sulfate

    • Nitrate

    • Ammonium

    • Sodium

    • Chloride

    • Secondary Organics

    • Primary Organics

    • Elemental Carbon

    • Primary Fine (+dust)

    • Primary Coarse (+dust)

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Plume-in-Grid (PiG)

    • Resolves chemistry/dispersion of large NOx plumes

    • Tracks plume segments (puffs) in Lagrangian frame

      • Each puff moved independently by local winds

      • Puff growth (diffusion) determined by local diffusion coefficients

    • GREASD PiG: fast, conceptually simple

      • Reduced NOx chemistry set (NO-NO, NOx/ozone equilibrium, HNO3 production)

      • Puffs leak mass according to growth rates and grid cell size

      • Puffs terminated by age or sufficiently dilute NOx

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Probing Tools

    • Utilize CAMx routines for all dispersion and chemistry

    • Ozone Source Apportionment Technology (OSAT)

      • Determines source area/category contribution to ozone anywhere in the domain

      • Uses tracers to track NOx and VOC precursor emissions, ozone production/destruction, and initial/boundary conditions

      • Estimates ozone production as NOx- or VOC formed

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • HOWEVER: cannot quantify ozone response to NOx or VOC controls

  • Chemical allocation methodologies:

    • OSAT: standard approach

    • APCA: attributes ozone production to anthropogenic (controllable) sources only

    • GOAT: tracks ozone based on where it formed, not where precursors were emitted

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Decoupled Direct Method (DDM) for sensitivity analysis

    • Calculates pollutant concentration sensitivity to input parameters

      • First-order sensitivity to emissions, initial/boundary conditions

    • Allows estimates of effects of emission changes

    • Allows ranking of source region/categories by their importance to ozone formation

    • Slower than OSAT, but:

      • Provides information for all species (not just ozone)

      • More flexible in selecting which parameters to track

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Description of CAMxTechnical Approach

  • Process Analysis (PA)

    • Designed to provide in-depth analyses of all physical and chemical processes operating in model

    • Operates on user-defined species and any portion of the modeling grid

    • Three components:

      • Integrated Process Rate (IPR): provides detailed process rate information for each physical process (emissions, advection, diffusion, chemistry, deposition)

      • Integrated Reaction Rate (IRR): provides detailed reaction rate information for all chemical reactions

      • Chemical Process Analysis (CPA): like IRR, but designed to be more user-friendly and accessible

Description of camx input requirements
Description of CAMxInput Requirements

  • Meteorology (Fortran binary)

    • 3-D time-varying fields to define the state of the troposphere

      • Winds, temperature, pressure, humidity, clouds, rain, turbulent diffusion rates

    • Affects transport, chemistry, deposition

    • Defines vertical grid structure

  • Air quality (UAM Fortran binary)

    • Initial and boundary conditions

    • Time constant or varying

    • All species or a sub-set

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Description of CAMxInput Requirements

  • Emissions (UAM Fortran binary)

    • 2-D time varying emission fields

    • Individual time-varying elevated point sources

  • Other Inputs

    • User control file (text)

    • Chemistry parameters file (text)

    • Land use / land cover (Fortran binary)

    • Albedo / haze / ozone column definition (text)

    • Photolysis rates lookup table (text)

    • Probing Tool definition files (text)

Description of camx model output
Description of CAMxModel Output

  • Average concentration (UAM Fortran binary)

    • 2-D (surface) or 3-D time varying

    • User-selected species (ppm gasses, g/m3 aerosols)

    • Separate master grid and fine grid files

  • Instant concentration (UAM Fortran binary)

    • 3-D time varying (output last 2 hours of simulation for model restart)

    • All species (mol/m3 gasses, g/m3 aerosols)

    • Separate master grid and fine grid files

Description of camx model output1
Description of CAMxModel Output

  • Deposition (UAM Fortran binary)

    • 2-D time varying

    • User-selected species

    • Dry deposition velocity (m/s)

    • Dry and wet deposition fluxes (mol/ha gasses, g/ha aerosols)

    • Precipitation liquid concentration (mol/l gasses, g/l aerosols)

    • Separate master grid and find grid files

Description of camx model output2
Description of CAMxModel Output

  • PiG restart (Fortran binary)

    • All relevant PiG information for model restart

  • Diagnostic files (text)

    • Repeat run control parameters and I/O file names

    • Diagnostic messages and warning/error messages

    • CPU timing

    • Mass budgets

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Description of CAMxModel Output

  • Probing Tool files

    • Master and fine grid instantaneous tracer files (UAM Fortran binary)

    • Master and fine grid average tracer and PA rates files (UAM Fortran binary)

    • OSAT and DDM receptor file (text)

      • Tracer/sensitivity concentrations at discrete receptors

    • IPR and IRR rates files (Fortran binary)

      • Time-varying rate information for user-selected cells

Description of camx computer requirements
Description of CAMxComputer Requirements

  • Dependent upon size of CAMx application

    • Standard model vs. large Probing Tool configuration

    • Number of nested grids needed and number of cells per grid

    • Chemistry mechanism

      • SAPRC99 slower than CBM-IV

      • PM chemistry slows model significantly

    • Chemistry solver

      • IEH slower than CMC

    • Plan according to episode length and desired throughput for desired number of simulations

Description of camx computer requirements1
Description of CAMxComputer Requirements

Example: CAMx application on 1 Ghz Pentium III PC

CBM-IV Mech 3 (no aerosols), CMC solver

Description of camx computer requirements2
Description of CAMxComputer Requirements

  • Recommended hardware – Linux workstation

    • Minimum 256 Mb memory

    • Fastest affordable PC chipset available

    • Minimum 10 Gb available disk space

    • Graphics monitor and associated drivers

  • Recommended software

    • Portland Group F77/F90 compiler for Linux

    • PAVE, Vis5d, Surfer (or some other graphics viewer)

    • Ancillary support software for pre- and post-processing

      • SAS (for EMS-95), ArcInfo or other GIS systems

      • MM5, RAMS, NCAR Graphics (for meteorological preprocessing)

Application of camx camx setup air quality definition
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup -- Air Quality Definition

  • Initial Conditions

    • Model starts from this definition

    • May be defined by ambient measurements

      • Usually available data is sparse, not 3-D

    • May be defined as spatially invariant

      • Need to spin up model over a day or more to remove

  • Boundary Conditions

    • Lateral boundaries (may be time, space varying)

    • Concentrations aloft (space invariant)

Application of camx camx setup chemistry definition
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup – Chemistry Definition

  • Chemical Processes in CAMx

    • Gas phase chemistry

      • Define mechanism, rate constants, photolysis rates

    • Aerosol chemistry

      • Define species, representative sizes, density

    • Dry deposition

      • Define Henry’s law solubility, diffusivity, reactivity

    • Wet deposition

      • Define Henry’s law solubility

Application of camx camx setup chemistry definition1
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup – Chemistry Definition

  • Contents of chemistry parameters file

    • Mechanism (choose from 1 through 5 or inert)

    • Photolysis reaction parameters and options

    • Gas phase species list

      • Lower bound values

      • Deposition parameters (KH, diffusivity, reactivity)

    • Aerosol species list (mechanism 4 only)

      • Lower bound values

      • Size parameters

      • Density

    • Gas phase reaction rate constants

Application of camx camx setup chemistry definition2
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup – Chemistry Definition

Mechanism options in v4.00

Application of camx camx setup chemistry definition3
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup -- Chemistry Definition

  • Photolysis Rates Input

    • Two options:

      • Directly input using a lookup table, or

      • Set by ratio to a reaction given in lookup table

      • Thus, must directly input at least one reaction

  • Input files:

    • Chemistry parameters

      • Specifies photolysis rate options by reaction number

Application of camx camx setup chemistry definition4
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup – Chemistry Definition

  • Photolysis Rate Input File

    • Look-up tables for all directly specified photolysis reactions

    • Function of:

      • Zenith angle

      • Altitude

      • UV Albedo

      • Haze opacity

      • Ozone column

    • Prepared using TUV light model from NCAR

Application of camx camx setup chemistry definition5
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup – Chemistry Definition

  • Albedo/haze/ozone column (ALHZOZ or AHO) file

    • Categorize albedo, haze and ozone column into “bins”

    • Bin ranges must match photolysis rate file definition

    • ALHZOZ contains gridded fields of bin indices

    • Ozone column from NASA satellite data (TOMS)

    • Albedo based on input land use data

    • Haze opacity generally set to a constant default value

Application of camx camx setup meteorological inputs
Application of CAMxCAMx Setup – Meteorological Inputs

  • Prognostic meteorological models (recommended)

    • Solve coupled predictive equations of motion, thermodynamics, and continuity

    • Consistent fields of winds, temperature, humidity, turbulence

    • ENVIRON has developed translation software for RAMS and MM5

  • Diagnostic models (out-dated, not recommended)

    • Adjust objective analyses for effects of terrain, stability, divergence minimization

    • Independent fields of winds, temperature (density), humidity

Application of camx emission inventories
Application of CAMxEmission Inventories

Application of camx base case development emission inventories
Application of CAMxBase Case Development – Emission Inventories

  • Available Emission Processors

    • EPS2x

      • FORTRAN based, straightforward to use

      • Modular and flexible, good QA capability

      • New extensions allow for rapid turnaround of emission scenarios

      • Widely used in many US and international applications

    • EMS-95

      • SAS based, uses ArcInfo GIS system

        • Requires familiarity with 3rd party software

      • Complex but flexible, good QA capability

      • Used for LMOS, OTAG, SAMI, CCOS

Application of camx base case development emission inventories1
Application of CAMxBase Case Development – Emission Inventories


    • Fortran based

    • All processing performed from a single matrix of adjustment factors

    • Limited QA capabilities

    • Highly scripted, complex

    • Currently under development

      • unstable over different platforms

Application of camx base case development emission inventories2
Application of CAMxBase Case Development – Emission Inventories

  • Estimating Biogenic Emissions

    • VOC emissions from trees and other plants

      • Isoprene, terpenes (e.g., -pinene), oxygenated VOC (e.g., alcohols)

      • Depend on plant species, temperature, sunlight, season

    • NO emissions from soils, enhanced by fertilizer

    • Models:

      • BEIS – EPA recommended

      • GLOBEIS – developed by NCAR

      • BIOME – a component of EMS-95