The Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution Spring Meeting 2023

Air quality conference

Air pollution isn’t a problem you can solve in one go.

Rather, it is a multi-faceted problem that needs continuous air quality research and innovation. This also means that policies, implementations, and plans of action need to be changed and improved based on the new discoveries of scientists and researchers.

To provide a platform for these discussions, the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP) hosts the annual Spring Meetings. During these meetings, participants present their data on the movement of air pollution across the Northern Hemisphere and provide solutions to improve air quality.

We’re always looking at what is happening in the community to see what kinds of air quality events and projects are going on. Together, we’re creating a community of scientists and empowering them with the data they need to tackle air pollution all over the world.

Because at PurpleAir, we believe in making air quality knowledge accessible to everyone.

And we’re not alone in that mission.

Today, we’re excited to highlight the TF HTAP Spring Meeting which will be held online from April 18-21, 2023.

What is the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution?

The Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution was established in 2005 under the guidance of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP Convention). It’s a cooperative that gathers international scientists who study the intercontinental transport of air pollution across the Northern Hemisphere.

This includes countries like:

  • Canada
  • China
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • United States

More specifically, this task force seeks to minimize air pollutants, like particulate matter, by answering the question...

How does the air pollution in one region affect the air quality of other parts of the world?

For example, how does a bushfire in Australia change the US air quality?

By investigating this, we can understand how the emissions of one country impact the respiratory health and ecosystems of other countries. Beyond this, it provides feasible and sustainable solutions that not only help a specific country or location—but also the entire world.

What is the TF HTAP Spring Meeting?

Although the TF HTAP focuses on the Northern Hemisphere, it welcomes experts from different backgrounds, locations, and fields of interest to become a member and join its events, such as the Spring Meeting.

The Spring Meeting is an annual air quality conference that discusses all the relevant issues, discoveries, and accomplishments achieved in the previous year by the members of TF HTAP, the scientific community, and other important groups.

In 2022, the Spring Meeting had the following umbrella topics:

  • Global O3/PM Precursors Emissions (in cooperation with GEIA)
  • Global Mercury Emissions and Modeling
  • Global O3/PM Modeling and Scenarios
  • Global Persistent Organic Pollutants and Chemicals

Why You Should Participate in the April 2023 Spring Meeting?

The fact is, 2023 is a markedly significant year for scientists and air quality research. That’s because it is the first year many countries have resumed normal operations after the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, you can expect all kinds of air quality news and insights from this air pollution event.

Here is the Spring Meeting 2023 online schedule:

  • April 18, 2023: Multipollutant Modeling of Fires
  • April 19, 2023: Global Mercury Emissions and Modeling
  • April 20, 2023: Global Ozone Modeling and Source Apportionment
  • April 21, 2023: Policy-Relevant Emission Scenarios and Multi-Model Experiments

It’s crucial to stay up to date with the latest discoveries, discussions, and data on air pollution and air quality. And what better way to do this than to attend climate events with some of the leading minds and scientists in the community?

If you’re interested in joining other air quality events, you can check our blog on Air Quality Conferences worth attending.

Get Involved Yourself

At PurpleAir, there are tons of community projects going on around the world. We’re thrilled to see these kinds of collaborative efforts, and we look forward to seeing plenty more in the future. Are you working on a community project with PurpleAir’s air quality monitors?

We would love to hear about it. Share a post in the Community Project forum so we can highlight your work. Together, we can make air quality accessible for everyone.