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Development of technology for ozone forecasting in the lower atmosphere

Grant number: 98/14157-7
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Research in Public Policies
Duration: November 01, 1999 - May 31, 2005
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Roberto Guardani
Grantee:Roberto Guardani
Host Institution: Escola Politécnica (EP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Partner institutions: Secretaria do Meio Ambiente (São Paulo - Estado). Companhia Ambiental do Estado de São Paulo (CETESB)


The present project aims to develop a technology for the forecasting of levels of ozone as an atmospheric pollutant in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo (MRSP), to be used both in services of forecasting levels of air pollution, and in the identification of the primary causal agents, enabling preventative actions on the part of the government of the State of São Paulo. The technology to be implemented consists of a computer simulation program, that uses mathematical models based on neural networks. Such models are suitable for the simulation of the complex systems of chemical reactions and of gas dispersion, contemplated here. For the development and adjustment of the mathematical models, data will be used from measurements of concentrations of gaseous components in the atmosphere, as well as meteorological information, supplied by Cetesb’s network of measurement stations in the MRSP. The final product, in the form of a set of computational algorithms, will be subsequently implemented for use in the control of air pollution in the region under consideration, with the possibility of being extended to other regions of the State, based on the experience to be acquired in this project. (AU)

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