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Details about Exceptional Event Webinar - April 30, 3-4:30 EDT -- Erinmr (talk) 09:57, 18 April 2013 (MDT)

Hello EE Webinar Participants, This is note to provide introduction to the upcoming Exceptional Event Decision Support Webinar, Tuesday, April 30, 3-4:30 EDT. So far there are 96 of you registered from over 40 agencies and from 31 States plus Mexico.

This webinar is the first of two webinars that will introduce the Exceptional Event Decision Support System (EE DSS) of which purpose is to identify and to document observations that are candidates for exceptional event flagging. The session will focus on screening the AQS data for exceedances above "normal" values and to indicate potential smoke or dust causes. During the first 90-minute webinar we will cover the following topics:

  • The approach of EE DSS to address the clauses required by the Exceptional Event Rule;
  • Datasets (FRM, satellite, model) and tools used in the EE DSS
  • Analysis approach: finding exceedances and those above normal variations;
  • Suggested exceptional (dust or smoke) sources for candidate samples
  • Demonstration of specific flagging examples

A second webinar is planned for the end of May on the same topics, incorporating feedback from State analysts and pursuing further flagging use cases. The webinars and the associated wiki workspace are provided to give States and EPA Regions the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on how to improve the EE DSS.

The main output of this decision support effort will be a national-scale list of candidate samples (these are not "official") for EE flagging for 2010-2012. Based on this screening, States can identify and select candidate samples for EE flagging, to be submitted to EPA by the July 1, 2013 deadline. The anticipated outcomes and benefits of the EE Decision Support will include: reduction of the effort required by the States for EE flagging as well as a simpler and more uniform EE flag evaluation process by the EPA Regions.

We will follow-up next week with a bit more hands-on tutorial material to get started with the EE DSS. We are looking forward to working with all of you and utilizing the EE DSS in an operational setting! Best, Rudy Husar