SECTION I: Testing
|1||Has the R & D result been tested?|
|1a||In what mode has the result been tested?
• Pilot Application
• Alpha/BETA testing
|Individual modules of the model have been validated against analytical solutions. OFIS has also been tested through its application in a number of case studies and model intercomparison activities. Some characteristic applications of the model OFIS are the following:
|1b.||Please describe and discuss the testing results|
|Through multiple applications, such as the ones described in section 1a, OFIS has been found capable of successfully reproducing mesoscale wind flow features like the sea breeze circulation, mountain and valley wind systems as well as the heat island phenomenon. A summary of the results of OFIS simulations performed in the framework of different applications is given below:
SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development
|2a||To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )|
|The model has been developed by the Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering (LHTEE) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Further research for the improvement of the model’s performance, including necessary modifications on its structure and enhancements in the main computational procedures, can be fully supported by the LHTEE research personnel and the existing infrastructure.
LHTEE is recognised as one of the leading research institutions at both national and European level in the field of air pollutant transport and transformation modelling. Most of the Laboratory’s research funds originate from competitive programmes of the European Commission. Several Laboratory activities aim at supporting national and international institutions in charge of formulating new or updating existing air quality legislation and providing consulting services relevant to Environmental Integrated Assessment studies and related EU projects. The Laboratory has a long record of participations at EU funded projects related to air pollution control and has been providing services to the European Environment Agency (EEA) for more than one decade. Research in the field of air pollution in LHTEE mainly refers to the formulation of systems for integrated air quality analyses in urban and industrial areas, both for retrospective studies and for environmental planning purposes. The Laboratory is also involved in the development of environmental management tools, as well as integrated decision support systems for the compilation of a complete and accurate picture of the state of the environment or changes to it. Therefore, LHTEE research personnel can fully support any requirements regarding MEMO adjustments.
Prof. Nicolas Moussiopoulos, the head of LHTEE, is the main Scientific Responsible for the OFIS model.
|2b||What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?|
|The latest version of OFIS does not include a Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOA) module. OFIS advances will include the incorporation of an advanced computational procedure, which could support the use of more vertical layers in the model’s calculations.|
|2c||What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?|
|The production of this new product requires some investment in computer hardware (e.g. advanced computer systems, increased storage and CPU speed).|
|2d||Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.|
|The extended validation of OFIS for applications in different areas has shown a reliable model performance for simulating air pollutant transport and transformation in an urban plume. Statistical tests have demonstrated a good agreement between model results and observations. As a result, OFIS is a complete and working product which is ready for use.|
SECTION 3: Deployment
|3a||Define the demands for large scale production in terms of|
|No materials are needed.|
|Computing hardware for the application of the model will be required, as well as the software programmes necessary for post processing and visualisation of model results.|
|The application of the model requires a modelling team consisting of experts, such as mechanical engineers, physicists and computer programmers. The modelling team will undertake the collection of all the needed input data and their modification into a format compatible with the model requirements, the initial configuration and application of the model and the visualisation of model results.|
SECTION 4: Overall Assessment
|1||What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?|
|The extended validation of OFIS for applications in different areas has shown a reliable model performance for assessing urban air quality. Statistical tests have demonstrated a good agreement between model results and observations.
In this point, it is essential to clarify that the model’s aim is not to precisely reproduce the concentration values for each pollutant species at every timestep and each cell of the domain, but merely to describe consistently the statistics of air pollution levels, emphasising on estimates for the exceedance of each species’ threshold values based on meteorological data, regional background concentrations and the emission patterns of the area under investigation.
Therefore, OFIS can be recommended as a useful tool for air pollution assessment and management.
KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).
|Please put X as appropriate.||1||2||3||4||5|
|Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far||+|
|Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team||+|
|Current development stage||+|
|Overall technical feasibility||+|