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Lakes Environmental Software
Volume 10 - Issue 6 Monthly Newsletter - June 2009


News & Events
Upcoming Courses
Monthly Modeling Tip
This Month’s Articles
Conferences & Trade Shows
About this Newsletter
Newsletter Archive


Modeling Data

News & Events

Lakes Environmental Releases CALPUFF View™ Version 3.0

Lakes Environmental is pleased to announce the release of CALPUFF View Version 3.0 on June 5, 2009.

In addition to the new promotional pricing announced last month, this new version adds several new features to CALPUFF View, including:

  • Ability to export project layers to a KML file for display in the Google Earth™ Mapping Service
  • Updated GeoPhysical Processor and automatic download of SRTM, GTOPO, and Canadian DEM terrain data files and US NLCD92 and GLCC global land use data files
  • New tools, including the plant boundary tool, additional delete tools, a nested receptor grid tool and a cross section tool

For an extensive list of the changes and new options available in CALPUFF View, please see our latest release notes.

If you are currently in maintenance for CALPUFF View and did not receive an email regarding this update, please contact us at

If you are a user of CALPUFF View but are no longer in maintenance, contact us at for appropriate pricing information for your maintenance renewal.

Winner of AERMOD View™ Draw at A&WMA 2009 Conference

Lakes Environmental would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth in Detroit at A&WMA’s 102nd Annual Conference and Exhibition from June 16-19. We hope you enjoyed your time at this year’s conference and look forward to assisting you in your endeavors throughout the coming year. See you in 2010 at A&WMA’s conference in Calgary, Alberta!

The winner of our draw, for a free copy of AERMOD View, was Mr. Heng Chen from the University of Alberta. Thank you to all who entered our draw!

Global Meteorological Data Available

Lakes Environmental Software has improved its processes for the preparation of global meteorological data for the CALPUFF, AERMOD, and ISC air dispersion models. Data is created using the MM5 model and further processed to be compatible with the above mentioned models.

For pricing and other information related to this service, please contact our sales team by emailing

Hyderabad, India Course Filling Up Quickly

Lakes Environmental has received a fantastic response to the announcement of the training courses in Hyderabad, India. Lakes Environmental will be in Hyderabad to teach an AERMOD modeling course on August 10-11, 2009 and a CALPUFF modeling course on August 12-14, 2009.

We encourage you to register soon in order to reserve your spot. If you are interested in registering for the AERMOD and CALPUFF courses, please contact LaGa Systems at or visit their website for registration details.

AUSTAL ViewTM Workshop in Cologne, Germany

ArguSoft, our German partner, is offering a 2-day AUSTAL View Workshop on September 21-22, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. The workshop will be presented in German and will cover all aspects of AUSTAL View, including an emphasis on:

  • SRTM terrain data features
  • UTM coordinate systems and projections
  • Export to Google Earth™
  • Odor compound support

For more information about this workshop, please view the course brochure, or contact ArguSoft at

Lakes Environmental Closed For Canada Day

Lakes Environmental will be closed on Wednesday, July 1st to observe the Canada Day holiday. If you have any pressing needs during that time, please email us at and we will contact you on July 2nd, 2009 when our offices re-open.


Upcoming Courses

We’ve set a number of training dates for 2009. Please be sure to register in advance as spots are limited.

AERMOD Courses

Aug. 10-11, 2009 Hyderabad, India
Sep. 14-15, 2009 Toronto, ON, Canada1
Sep. 28-29, 2009 Barcelona, Spain
Oct. 19-20, 2009 Philadelphia, PA, USA
Nov. 09-10, 2009 São Paulo, Brazil
Nov. 16-17, 2009 San Diego, CA, USA

(1) Includes new section regarding MOE Reg. 419/05 (see Outline)


Aug. 12-14, 2009 Hyderabad, India
Sep. 30-Oct. 02, 2009 Barcelona, Spain
coming soon
Nov. 11-13, 2009 São Paulo, Brazil


Sep. 21-22, 2009 Cologne, Germany
For more information on the above courses, including registration information, location, and course outlines, please visit our web site:

Monthly Modeling Tip

Using Google Earth™

Several Lakes Environmental products, including AERMOD View™ and CALPUFF View™, now support exporting results to the Google Earth mapping service. Once you have exported you results, Google Earth gives you a significant amount of control over the graphical presentation of those results.

The Places Panel

The Places panel is located in the Google Earth side bar, and contains My Places as well as Temporary Places. Your newly exported project will be located under Temporary Places, but by right-clicking on your project, you can rename it and save it to My Places.

Layer Control

Clicking on the + symbol next to your project will expand it into its individual layers; you can then turn on and off any layers that you don’t wish to see. For example, in the image below, the receptor grid, buildings and the two lowest concentration contours have been turned off.

Contour Properties

By right clicking on any of the contour levels, you can open the properties dialog. From here it is possible to adjust the properties of that contour, including color and opacity. In the image below, level 4 has been changed to red, and the other levels have been set to 50% opacity.


Google Earth Licensing

Google, Inc. provides three product levels to Google Earth, which you should investigate before using it with Lakes Environmental products. For the most timely and complete Google Earth licensing options, please consult Google's website and license agreement. Please choose the Google Earth product that best meets your organization's needs. Lakes Environmental does not authorize or license any of these products for your use.

Remember: We are currently accepting submissions for the Monthly Modeling Tip that appears in our newsletters. If you have a modeling tip that may benefit a variety of people, please send it to us at Your name and the name of your organization will appear below the tip providing you with greater exposure.

This Month's Articles

The Big Divide
June 15, 2009-- GLOBE-Net - Carbon Positive: The latest round of UN climate negotiations has made progress on technical issues but little headway on the major questions holding back a new global climate treaty. The talks in Bonn concluded on the weekend six months before a deadline to deliver a post-Kyoto treaty at the annual UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

The key issues to be resolved are greenhouse emission reduction targets by developed countries, commitments to curb the growth in emissions by developing countries and financing commitments by the rich world to help the developing world’s effort.
Read Article
Arctic Sea Ice Extent Trending Below Record 2007 Melt
June 15, 2009 - The annual melting of Arctic sea ice is trending toward another record-low. While it's still too early to say whether the 2009 melt will exceed the record 2007 melt -- the annual low-point isn't reached until September -- the trend line for 2009 for the first time has dipped below 2007, according to the latest data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
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Clean Coal Power Project Back on the Burner
June 13, 2009 - Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on Friday plans to restart the country's first clean coal power project, scrapped by the previous Bush administration as too expensive.

Under an agreement with the non-profit FutureGen Alliance, the Energy Department will take the first steps toward developing the first U.S. commercial scale-carbon capture and storage project, to be located in Mattoon, Illinois.

"Not only does this research have the potential to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., but it also could eventually result in lower emissions around the world," Chu said.
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EPA Must Withhold Locations of 'High Hazard' Coal Ash Sites
June 12, 2009 – WASHINGTON, DC - There are 44 coal combustion waste sites nationwide that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified as "high hazard," but the agency cannot make the locations of these hazardous sites public, Senator Barbara Boxer told reporters today. The California senator chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees the federal environmental agency.

In the aftermath of last December's spill of more than a billion gallons of coal ash waste at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston coal-fired power plant, the U.S. EPA conducted inspections of the nation's coal combustion waste sites.
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Green Jobs Sector 'Poised for Explosive Growth' – Study
June 10, 2009 – Greenwire - Green-collar workers -- who include everyone from energy-efficiency consultants to wastewater plant operators -- constitute a tiny but fast-growing segment of the U.S. economy, according to a study published today by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The "clean-energy economy" grew 9.1 percent between 1998 and 2007 to 777,000 jobs. While that is just half a percent of all U.S. jobs, the clean-energy economy is poised to grow significantly with financial support from the public and private sectors, the Pew report concludes.
Read Article

Conferences & Trade Shows

Here are a few conferences and trade shows coming up in the next few months:
Jun. 23-24, 2009 6th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum - Wall Street (REFF-Wall Street)
more info
New York, NY, USA
Jul. 06-08, 2009 International Conference on Environmental Management and Engineering
more info
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Aug. 24-26, 2009 5th Australia-New Zealand Climate Change Business Conference
more info
Melbourne, Australia
Aug. 31-Sep 2, 2009 Harmonizing Greenhouse Gas Assessment and Reporting Processes
more info
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Sep. 15-16, 2009 Air Quality Impacts of Oil and Gas Production in the Rocky Mountains
more info
Centennial, Colorado, USA
Sep. 22-24, 2009 Carbon Capture and Storage World Summit
more info
Arlington, Virginia, USA

About This Newsletter

This newsletter contains information gleaned from various sources on the web, with complete links to the sources cited. Organizations cited are in no way affiliated with Lakes Environmental Software.

Lakes Environmental Software is a leading environmental IT company that offers a complete line of air dispersion modeling, risk assessment, emissions inventory, and emergency release software as well as training and custom software services. With satisfied users located around the globe, Lakes Environmental Software will continue to revolutionize the environmental software field.

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