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Lakes Environmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter - March 2014


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Emissions Inventory - Atmospheric Science - IT Solutions


In this issue:

  • News & Events
  • Upcoming Courses
  • Modeling Tip: Create Plume Animations in CALPUFF View
  • Articles
  • Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows

News & Events

New Dates! AERMOD & CALPUFF Courses – Las Vegas – May 12-16, 2014

Lakes Environmental has recently announced new dates for the AERMOD and CALPUFF courses taking place in Las Vegas this May. This change was made due to scheduling conflicts with our lead instructor.

Old Course Dates: April 7-11, 2014

New Course Dates: May 12-16, 2014

There’s still time to take advantage of our early registration discounts!

Early Registration Discount Ends: Apr 12, 2014

Further information including course location and registration form can be found on our website.


New Dates! AERMOD & CALPUFF Courses – Toronto – May 26-29, 2014

Lakes Environmental recently announced new dates for the AERMOD and CALPUFF courses taking place in Toronto this May. This change was made due to scheduling conflicts with our lead instructor.

Old Course Dates: May 12-15, 2014

New Course Dates: May 26-29, 2014

Register today to take advantage of our early registration discounts!

Early Registration Discount Ends: Apr 26, 2014

For more information regarding this course, please visit our website.


AERMOD and CALPUFF Courses in Calgary - May 5-8, 2014

Lakes Environmental will be holding 4-days of AERMOD and CALPUFF training in Calgary, from May 5 to 8, 2014. Further details including course outline and registration form can be found on our website.

Register today to take advantage of our early registration discount!

Early Registration Discount Ends: April 5, 2014

Course: AERMOD (May 5-6, 2014)
Course: CALPUFF (May 7-8, 2014)
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Info: Registration Form


Lakes Environmental at CANECT 2014

Lakes Environmental will once again be exhibiting at the Canadian Environmental Conference & Tradeshow, CANECT 2014, in Mississauga, Ontario, from April 29 to 30, 2014.

Come and visit us at booth 1440 for information about our software products, as well as your chance to win a FREE copy of our AERMOD View software! To obtain conference information, please visit the CANECT website.

Lakes Environmental Closed for Good Friday Holiday

Lakes Environmental's offices will be closed on Friday, April 18th, 2014 to observe the Good Friday holiday. If you have any needs during that time, please e-mail us at and we will contact you on Monday, April 21, 2014 when our offices reopen.

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Upcoming Courses





Mar 20-21, 2014


Québec City
Sponsored by APCAS

Register Now

May 5-6, 2014
May 7-8, 2014


Calgary, AB

Register Now

May 12-13, 2014
May 14-16, 2014


Las Vegas, NV

Register Now

May 26-27, 2014
May 28-29, 2014


Toronto, ON

Register Now

Sep 15-16, 2014
Sep 17-18, 2014


Lima, Peru

Coming Soon

Oct 6-8, 2014


Brisbane, Australia
Sponsored by CASANZ

Coming Soon

Nov 3-4, 2014
Nov 5-6, 2014


São Paulo, Brazil

Coming Soon

For more information on the above courses, including registration information, location, and course outlines, please visit our web site:

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Modeling Tip

Create Plume Animations in CALPUFF View

The latest release of CALPUFF View, Version 7.0.5, includes an exciting plume animation feature. After a successful CALPUFF model run, the software automatically imports the binary output files (CONC.DAT, DFLX.DAT, and WFLX.DAT) to produce time series contour plots. These plots can be synchronized with the CALMET.DAT wind field to produce detailed animations.

The Plume Animation tree menu will appear after a successful CALPUFF model run. Options include animation speed, looping option, synchronization with the CALMET.DAT parameters, species selection, and more.

To manually jump from one time to the next, use the blue Time Range controls. The green buttons in the Animation Controls allow you to play the plume animation forwards or backwards.

To record and play back a plume animation video:

  1. Open the Multimedia menu and select Record Animation

    The Multimedia Options dialog will appear and remain on top of all other layers in the software.

  2. Select the desired Frame Rate (the number of frames per second that will appear when the animation is played). Higher Frame Rates will play much faster.
  3. The Advanced Settings allow you to choose color depth and compression options. Modify if necessary.
  4. Return to the main display and set up the animation controls to the point where you want the recording to begin. You can also modify the Graphical Options to make changes to contour settings, wind field display, and more.
  5. When you’re ready to begin, click the Begin Recording button in the Multimedia Options dialog. You will then need to hit the Play button on the Animation Controls.

When the recording is complete, you can view the AVI file by selecting the Play button from the Multimedia Options dialog or by using the Multimedia | Play Recording menu option.

An example plume animation video is available on our website. This video was created using the Tutorial project that comes with the CALPUFF View software.

Submit Your Modeling Tips Today!

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

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EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards

March 3, 2014 - WASHINGTON - Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuel and car standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump. Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.

Read Full Article Here

EPA Improves U.S. — Mexico Border with Environmental Projects

February 27, 2014 - DALLAS - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $720,000 in grants to fund 16 environmental projects along the Texas and New Mexico U.S-Mexico border. The projects include improving air monitoring, expanding waste collection and recycling, and improving environmental awareness and education among area residents. “At EPA, we are always looking for ways to help communities identify and solve problems. It’s one of the most important parts of our job,” said Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “Funding these 16 projects will help kick-start work to protect places along the border where people live, work, and play.”

Read Full Article Here

Predicting the Climate of the Future

February 15, 2014 - Climate scientists rely on models to predict how the weather and climate will respond to changes in variable such as CO2 emissions, natural methane emissions, solar intensity and a host of other factors. No individual model can claim to accurately predict future climate. So it is very important to look at multiple models and compare their predictions. The Carnegie Institution for Science is a leader in this area.

Read Full Article Here

Quarterly Update of Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: September 2013

February 10, 2014 -Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts are made up of a series of comprehensive reports and databases that estimate, and account for, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. These publications fulfil Australia’s international and domestic reporting requirements.

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EPA Releases Annual Climate Protection Partnerships Report

February 3, 2014 – The Environmental Protection Agency has just released its annual Climate Protection Partnerships report, and it indicates that the U.S. is in a strong position to achieve economic growth — in other words, job growth — as it transitions to safer, healthier and more sustainable forms of energy. The report comes on top of great news for job growth in the solar industry, with as-yet untapped offshore wind energy and vast reserves of geothermal energy offering potential for even greater growth in the green jobs sector.

Read Full Article Here

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Upcoming Conferences & Trade Shows




Mar 24-28, 2014

9th International Conference on Air Quality - Science and Application
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Mar 26-28, 2014

GLOBE 2014
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Apr 28-30, 2014

More Info

Mississauga, ON, Canada

May 13-14, 2014

A&WMA Oil & Gas Environmental Compliance Conference – Appalachian Basin
More Info

Washington, PA, USA

May 28-30, 2014

Carbon Expo 2014
More Info

Cologne, Germany

Jun 11-12, 2014

Emissions 2014
More Info

Troy, MI, USA

Jun 15-19, 2014

7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs)
More Info

San Diego, CA, USA

Jun 24-27, 2014

A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition
More Info

Long Beach, CA, USA

Jul 7-9, 2014

22nd International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Air Pollution
More Info

Opatija, Croatia

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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.

For more information please visit our web site at:  You may also contact us by phone at (519) 746-5995 or by fax at (519)746-0793.

All comments and suggestions are welcome.  You can e-mail us at:

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