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Supported Products


BenMAP is a Windows-based computer program that estimates the health benefits from improvements in air quality.

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The Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System combines current knowledge in atmospheric science and air quality modeling with multi-processor computing techniques in an open-source framework to deliver fast, technically sound estimates of ozone, particulates, toxics, and acid deposition.

Download | Documentation | Training | FAQ | cmaq-model.org

CoST allows users to estimate the emission reductions and costs associated with future-year control scenarios, and then to generate emission inventories with the control scenarios applied.

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C-TOOLS are a suite of web-based modeling and visualization tools for community scale modeling of local air quality.

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The Fertilizer Emission Scenario Tool for CMAQ (FEST-C) system is used to simulate daily fertilizer application information using the Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC) model for a defined CMAQ domain.

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The Input/Output Applications Programming Interface, otherwise known as the I/O API, is the standard data access library for EPA's Models-3 project. The I/O API provides a variety of data structure types for organizing data, and a set of access routines which offer selective direct access to data in terms meaningful to the modeler.

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MCIP (Meteorology-Chemistry Interface Processor) is a processing program that takes in meteorological model outputs and prepares meteorological data needed by CMAQ.

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The Research LINE-source dispersion model for near-surface releases (R-LINE) research grade dispersion model that is currently under development by EPA ORD for near-roadway assessments. R-LINE is a part of EPA ORD's ongoing evaluation of air quality impacts in the near-road environment. The research model is based upon a steady-state Gaussian formulation and is designed to simulate line type source emissions (e.g. mobile sources along roadways) by numerically integrating point source emissions.

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The Sparse Matrix Operator Kernel Emissions (SMOKE) Modeling System allows emissions data processing methods to integrate high-performance-computing (HPC) sparse-matrix algorithms. The SMOKE system is a significant addition to the available resources for decision-making about emissions controls for both urban and regional applications. It provides a mechanism for preparing specialized inputs for air quality modeling research, and it makes air quality forecasting possible.

Download | Documentation | Training | FAQ | smoke-model.org

A collection of tools designed to create spatial surrogates for meteorological and air quality modeling without using GIS software.

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VERDI is a Java program for visualizing meteorology, emissions, and air quality modeling data. With options for overlaying GIS Shapefiles and observational data onto model output, VERDI offers a range of options for viewing atmospheric modeling data. VERDI scripting provides a powerful interface for automating the production of graphics for analyzing your data.

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