A series of international conferences on "Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes" have been going on since 1992.
The paper "Twenty-five years of Harmonisation Conferences – looking back and ahead" was presented by the chairman, Helge R. Olesen from Aarhus University, Denmark, as he retired after 25 years of chairmanship at the 18th conference in Bologna, October 2017.
The presentation gives a historical overview.
Abstract: Throughout the series of Harmonisation conferences it has been a key issue that in the modelling community we should build upon the experiences of each other. How can we establish mechanisms which work, when it comes to pooling experiences and obtain a better utilisation of the work done in the modelling community?
The paper takes a historic perspective on our efforts to do so. It points to our current opportunities, and recapitulates important lessons to be learnt. In particular, a demonstration is given of the power of exploratory data analysis for assuring model quality.
For more info see:
- Web site of the Harmonisation initiative (Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes), harmo.org
- Extended abstract of the paper (pdf, 5 pages), harmo.org/Conferences/Proceedings/_Bologna/publishedSections/H18-142-Olesen.pdf