ANNOUNCEMENT AND INVITATION
FIRST PLANNING WORKSHOP

URBAN ATMOSPHERIC OBSERVATORY (UAO):
  A REAL-TIME INTENSIVE OBSERVATIONAL NETWORK FOR NEW YORK CITY

27-28 JANUARY, 2003

ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS LABORATORY
201 VARICK STREET,  NEW YORK CITY, NY 10014

  HOSTED BY BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
ENERGY
and
ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS LABORATORY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
HOMELAND SECURITY

BACKGROUND
The real-time intensive Urban Atmospheric Observatory (UAO) is a necessary step toward the development and validation of new technologies in support of the New York City emergency management and anti-terrorism effort. A general description of the real-time intensive UAO is that it will be a dense array of meteorological instrumentation, remote sensing and satellite products and model output, as well as radiation detection, gamma spectrometer and aerosol measurements focused onto a small area in the heart of Manhattan.

Such a test-bed, developed in a somewhat homogeneous urban area, and with a well-developed communication and data collection backbone, will be of immense utility for understanding how models of all scales can be improved and how they can best be integrated into the city's emergency program. The FIRST PLANNING WORKSHOP will be a small group of experts in the fields of urban meteorology, modelling from mesoscale to fine-mesh computational fluid dynamic models, instrumentations, communications and visualizations.


 OBJECTIVES

The goal of the workshop will be to (1) establish the importance of the observational program, (2) define the most efficient and cost-effective design for the program, (3) define needed intensive observational efforts and establish a schedule, and to (4) define the importance of the UAO in emergency operations.


 AGENDA

The agenda will be published as soon as invited speakers are confirmed.  The broad idea, however, is that on the first day we will focus on: a) educating all of us (administrators, engineers, and scientists), b) the state-of-the-art of atmospheric modeling in urban environment, c) the need from the New York City's Office Emergency Management, and d) certain pertinent technologies.  Day 2 will be a focused technical agenda in which the "experts" will define the observation program and intensive operation periods.

Program managers and key emergency protectors are invited, especially in Day 1, to introduce the UAO concept and to allow the modelling/research community to express the need for a well-developed observation program suitable for urban environment.

A pilot observation exercise is currently being installed at the EML located in downtown NYC.  This initial study, funded by laboratory R&D, will be described.  The pilot exercise will be a subject of discussion during the workshop.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For any questions or directions please contact either Sharon Zuhoski, BNL, 631-344-3359, zuhoski@bnl.gov or Rita Rosen, 212-620-3606, rita.rosen@eml.doe.gov


 HOTELS

We will be sending out a list of hotels that are suitable for this meeting.  You may want to spend a little more for a mid-town hotel with more night life or the small downtown hotels are closer to the meeting room and have a certain charm.
 
INFORMATION NEEDED
We have to know whether you are interested in attending the meeting/workshop and you are a U.S. citizen or not. Please let us know as soon as possible.