The Air and Waste Management Association's (AWMA)

International Specialty Conference on

Leapfrogging Opportunities for Air Quality Improvement

Took Place on May 10-14, 2010

Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China

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JAWMA DEDICATED ISSUE

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CONFERENCE TECHNICAL PROGRAM AND PRESENTATIONS

Review session topics and selected presentations from the Conference.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Download and study the 1144 page Conference Proceedings. These provide an initial overview of the topics presented.

OTHER ACTIVITIES AT THE CONFERENCE INCLUDED

  • Technical Development Courses with AWMA Certification.
  • Vendor Exhibition.
  • Technical Study and Companion Tours.
  • Banquet and Cultural Performance.
  • Vist to the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Earth Environment (CAS-IEE)

CONFERENCE SUMMARY

China and other Asian countries need to balance rapid economic growth with environmental preservation. Asian air quality management strategies often follow the patterns set by Europe and North America, even though more effective methods have been proposed and demonstrated. Leapfrogging opportunities abound in the areas of multi-pollutant standard setting, emissions characterization, air quality monitoring, source and receptor modeling, quantifying and valuing adverse effects, emission reduction technologies, and implementation strategies. Major changes are difficult to implement in a long-established regulatory climate due to a large investment in the current infrastructure and established regulatory culture. As environmental management investments are just being made in many Asian countries, it is possible that these nations can demonstrate more efficient and effective air quality management practices and set a future standard for countries with more established systems. This conference brought together scientists, regulators, and industrialists with worldwide experience in different aspects of air quality assessment and management. These delegates shared their experiences and ideas in plenary addresses, platform sessions, and poster presentations, with an emphasis on how their information might be used for leapfrogging ahead of standard practices. A vendor exhibition included examples of the latest technology for air quality monitoring and source characteriztaion. Major topics included:

  • Methods for regional and urban emission inventories
  • Optimizing multipollutant regional and urban air quality management strategies and accountability for improvement Ambient and source characterization techniques
  • Air quality modeling applications Transboundary transport
  • Clean energy and fuels
  • Clean transportation options
  • Emission control technologies Air pollution and health effects
  • Adverse effects on visibility, materials, and ecosystems
  • Climate change and sustainable development
  • Cost and benefit analyses for air quality management
  • Science/policy linkages and community outreach

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Sponsored by the Air and Waste Management Associations, the Institute of Earth Environment, and DRI
Sponsored By:
The Air & Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA; the China Chapter and Hong Kong Section, Air & Waste Management Association; the Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an, China; and the Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV
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