Introduction to Meteorology for Air Quality: October, 2018 - Online

An understanding of meteorology is essential for air quality practitioners. This course will outline key meteorological concepts and apply them to air quality applications. You will use information from this course to inform decisions for siting of air quality monitoring stations, choosing representative data for air quality modelling, preparation of model input files and undertaking meteorological modelling. As an air quality expert you need to know the impact of terrain, inversions, boundary layer height, proximity to water etc. on the dispersion and transport of pollutants. This course covers these topics and more in four 2-hour online webinars throughout October. This course will include discussion topics, optional homework exercises and case studies. Early bird registration available to 3 August 2018.

October 4, 2018
4 x 2 Hr sessions


Webinar - 12pm   View map


Session 1: Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12 pm AEDT

  • Introduction
  • Global scale circulation
  • Regional/synoptic scale circulation

 Session 2: Friday, 5 October 2018, 12 pm AEDT

  • Mesoscale and local scale meteorology
  • In-depth: boundary layer parameterisation

Session 3: Thursday, 11 October 2018, 12 pm AEDT

  • Microscale meteorology
  • In-depth: vertical structure and stability

 Session 4: Friday, 12 October 2018, 12 pm AEDT

  • Plume behaviour
  • Meteorological data for air quality modelling

More detail is available here.

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, CALPUFFt, AUSPLUME) models.

Since joining NIWA five 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 and is on the editorial team of the CASANZ journal, Air Quality and Climate Change.

Course participants will receive an electronic copy of the course workbook and course certificate.  The session recording will also be available for course participants.

Each session will commence at 12.00pm – 2.00pm

The online course will be presented in four, 2 hour sessions using the GoToWebinar platform.

The two hour training session is considered an appropriate period for the online format.

The sessions have been designed to be interactive including discussion, optional homework and case studies.

Participants that miss a live session can catch up using the recording of the event.  The recording will not be available for non-participants to purchase.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive grounding in meteorology for air quality, with each topic building on earlier material.  It is recommended that participants attend all four sessions.

However, single session tickets are available for people wishing to focus on one topic.

The cost is AU$220 (member) and $AU286 (non member).

Single sessions attract 3 CAQP CPD points.

Please contact Jacinda Shen ( to register for this option.


Early bird, before 3 August 2018: AU$590

Registration after 3 August 2018: AU$660

Late Registration, after 29 September 2018: AU$760


Early bird, before 3 August 2018: AU$850

Registration after 3 August 2018: AU$940

Late Registration, after 29 September 2018: AU$1,040


Registration: AU$330

Late Registration, after 29 September 2018: AU$430

NOTE: It is cheaper to become an individual member of CASANZ than pay the non-member price.  Join here.


Only one discount type is applicable per registration, the following discounts are available:

Multiple registration discount:  three or more registrations from the same organisation receive a 20% discount.  Apply the coupon code Multi18 at the checkout.


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