Advanced AERMOD: 6 – 7 May 2019 – Melbourne, VIC

This course provides training in advanced topics for existing AERMOD users. The course will be presented by international expert trainers, Dr Jesse Thé and Ms Cristiane Thé, who bring their experience and knowledge to complex modelling problems. The course will cover met file preparation, dust deposition calculations, model sensitivity, model validation and modelling transport corridors. These topics and more will be covered in theory and practical sessions with local case studies. Early bird registration closes 28 March 2019.

May 6, 2019
2 full days


Melbourne CBD   View map


Meteorological File Preparation

This advanced topic will discuss met file preparation using the AERMET processor.  Particular attention will be given to the 2017 revision of the US EPA Guideline on Air Quality Models which included “an option incorporated in AERMET to adjust the surface friction velocity (u*) to address issues with AERMOD model overprediction under stable, low wind speed conditions”. (  This topic will include discussion of this option and its impact on model output.

This section will be supported by a case study developing a met file for regional Victoria


The course will cover deposition calculations and assumptions such as determining a representative particle size/density profile.  The technical elements of each model depletion option will also be covered, including how to model nitrogen deposition.

The deposition section will be supported by the following case studies:

Model Sensitivity

AERMOD sensitivity to assumed and calculated parameters will be discussed.  For example, the impact of surface roughness on model output.

Model Validation

This module will cover procedures for model validation and quality assurance.

Fugitive Emissions

The course will cover non point source emissions and characterising these in AERMOD.  This section will cover area and volume source calculations and input characteristics.

Transport Modelling

USEPA will replace CALINE 3 with AERMOD as advised in the promulgated Guideline on Air Quality Models:

The EPA is finalizing replacement of CALINE3 with AERMOD as the preferred appendix A model for refined mobile source applications including fine particle pollution (PM2.5, PM10), and carbon monoxide (CO) hot-spot analyses. The final action is based on the more scientifically sound basis for AERMOD, improved model performance over CALINE3, and the availability of more representative meteorological data. The transition period for the use of AERMOD for these refined modeling applications was extended to 3 years and the use of CAL3QHC for CO screening analyses was retained.

This course will explain how to run AERMOD transport model scenarios including discussion of the following:

  • Source type
  • Source parameters including initial vertical and lateral plume dimensions
  • Haul road emissions
  • Challenges and uncertainties

The transport course module will be supported by the following local case study:

Tunnel exhaust and surface road emissions – West Gate Tunnel Project:

Participants of this course should be experienced AERMOD users or have completed one or more of the following courses:

  • Introductory AERMOD
  • Introduction to Meteorology for Air Quality
  • Introductory CALPUFF
  • Advanced CALPUFF

Dr Jesse Thé, PhD, P.Eng

Prof Jesse L. Thé, PhD., P.Eng., from the University of Waterloo, Canada is also the President of Lakes Environmental Software. He has over 25 years of experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and environmental simulations. Dr. Thé is the main author of AERMOD View, CALPUFF View, IRAP View, AUSTAL View, and AQMIS Cloud, among others. He consults for regulatory agencies in Canada, the USA, and abroad on topics related to complex air modeling projects. He has authored commercial software, co-authored technical environmental books, is an Executive Editor of the Elsevier Journal of ENERGY, and the Editor-in-Chief of ENN.Com (the largest environmental news network site in the internet). Prof. Jesse Thé is a great public speaker, who has received outstanding reviews from those attending his courses.

Cristiane Thé, M.A.Sc.

Director at Lakes Environmental Software, Mrs. Thé is a co-author of the widely used air dispersion modelling software products such as AERMOD View, CALPUFF View, AUSTAL View, among others.  She has extensive experience with the use of air dispersion models, such as AERMOD and CALPUFF, and the processing of meteorological data.

Course Folder

  • Hardcopy course notes
  • Hardcopy course slides

Course CD

  • Lakes Environmental software Screen View, WRPLOT View and Percent View
  • Links to key modelling resources
  • PDF of course slides

Course certificate

This class is limited to 20 participants.

AERMOD View will be used for case studies and discussion of the advanced modelling topics.


Early bird, before 28 March 2019: AU$1,940

Registration after 28 March 2019: AU$2,150

Late Registration, after 29 April 2019: AU$2,250


Early bird, before 28 March 2019: AU$2,520

Registration after 28 March 2019: AU$2,800

Late Registration, after 29 April 2019: AU$2,900


Registration: AU$1,080

Late Registration, after 29 April 2019: $1,180


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Government employee discount: 10% discount on the early bird member rate is available for all government employees regardless of membership status.  Apply the coupon code Government at the checkout.

Jacinda Shen Training Manager