Work Package 1

Development of specifications for the spatial and temporal model

The objectives of this work package are to define the specifications for the spatial and temporal model including coverage, resolution and data system.

 

This work package will consist of three tasks:

  • WP1.1 Literature review
  • WP1.2 Specifications of the spatial model
  • WP1.3 Specifications of the temporal model

 

WP1.1. The literature review will include relevant scientific publications both peer-reviewed articles and scientific reports. Additionally, this task will include an overview of the requirements for compliance with the international obligations and guidance. The literature review will uncover examples of spatial datasets used and will provide important input in terms of examples of best practice. Furthermore, the review will provide input to the specifications of the spatial and the temporal model.

 

WP1.2. The specifications for the spatial model will be developed taking into account the outcome of WP1.1 and in close dialogue with the EPA concerning specific requests. As a minimum the specifications will be compliant with the requirements for reporting under CLRTAP. Issues that need to be addressed are the coverage of pollutants, the level of detail in the sectoral breakdown (i.e. GNFR level, NFR level or a more detailed sectoral level), the spatial resolution (i.e. the EMEP grid of 0.1° x 0.1° or a higher spatial resolution) and the available spatial datasets within Ireland. Part of the specifications will also be to determine the current data system in place at the inventory team to ensure that the spatial and temporal model will be easily compatible with the inventory system.

 

WP1.3. The specifications for the temporal model will be developed taking into account the outcome of WP1.1 and in close dialogue with the EPA concerning specific requests. The specifications will also take into account the temporal profiles currently used in the EMEP model. The applicability of the default EMEP temporal resolution will be assessed as part of developing the specifications particular to Ireland.       

 

A review report has been prepared for the work carried out in Work Package 1, and a draft version is available here:

Review report for WP1