Essential Meteorology for Air Modellers: 11 August, 2017 - Christchurch, NZ

The Essential Meteorology Course provides modellers with a working knowledge of the key meteorological elements which influence air quality. Registration Closes: 27 July, 2017.


August 11, 2017
1 Full day
CPD Points:


NIWA Christchurch 10 Kyle Street Riccarton, Christchurch   View map


Air quality impact assessments for regulatory applications typically require the use of models such as CALPUFF, AERMOD and TAPM and to make full use of these models, a working knowledge of meteorology is essential. This course covers atmospheric physics, such as wind and its variability, atmospheric turbulence, vertical wind and temperature profiles, boundary layer structure and behaviour. The influence of meteorological variables will be discussed including a sensitivity analysis of mixing height and the importance of wind speed and direction.

Discussion will also cover inversions and stable layers, fumigation, sea-land interfaces, complex terrain interactions, data requirements for modelling, data sets and locating measurement stations and instrumentation.

This course is aimed at air quality modellers who wish to increase their knowledge of meteorology.

Dr Elizabeth Somervell

Air Quality Scientist – NIWA

Dr Somervell holds a PhD in urban air quality modelling from the University of Hertfordshire and an MSc in Environmental Diagnosis from Imperial College, London. She has specialist skills in meteorological and air quality modelling, with experience of regional scale (UM, CMAQ) and local scale (CalPuff, Calmet, Ausplume) models.

Since joining NIWA six years ago, Elizabeth has been involved in a range of air quality projects, including the Roadside Project, Auckland CBD’s PENAP campaign and Resilient Urban Futures. She has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including Councils, government agencies and academic institutions. She has led monitoring campaigns in the Marlborough District, produced guidelines for permissible activity limits for industrial boilers, advised on the impacts of rural burning and been heavily involved in NIWA’s vehicle emissions and woodburner emissions research.

Elizabeth sits on the CASANZ New Zealand branch committee.

  • Local meteorological examples
  • Networking
  • Course notes provided in hardcopy
  • Certificate of attendance

Jacinda Shen
CASANZ Training Co-ordinator
Tel: +61 437 983 926

Early Bird Registration closes: 30 June, 2017


Registration Closes: 27 July, 2017



  • Government employees receive a 10% discount on the early bird member rate, regardless of membership status
  • Group discounts three or more registrations from the same organisation will attract a 20% discount on the applicable registration fees.
  • Only one discount option applies to each registration

For discounts, contact the administration office.

This course will be live streamed to the internet, available for remote access.  This option is provided to make the training more accessible.  People considering this option should be aware that the course has been prepared primarily as a face-to-face event and the streamed experience will not include networking opportunities, 360˚ camera  nor catering.  Registration prices for this option are the same as for face-to-face attendees to allow for the streaming set and support costs.