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Monthly Newsletter - September 2021

Upcoming Release - AERMOD View Version 10.1

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Later this month, we will release AERMOD View Version 10.1. This update will include very important updates to some WebGIS products including:

  • USGS National Elevation Dataset (NED) / 3D Elevation Program GEOTIFF Terrain Files (1/3 arc-second & 1 arc-second)
  • National Land Cover Database (NLCD) land cover files used by AERSURFACE

A notice will be sent to all in-maintenance users when the release is available. If you need to check your maintenance status, please contact our sales team.

Online AERMOD Course – Dec 7-8, 2021 – Only 2 Spots Left!

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Our October online AERMOD course filled fast, and only 2 spots remain for our next 2-day online AERMOD course taking place on December 7 and 8, 2021 from 8:30am to 5:00pm (Central Time UTC-6).

Don't miss out! Register today!

Note: Due to the immense popularity of our online courses and small class sizes, we recommend registering and making payment as soon as possible.


AERMOD (Dec 7-8, 2021)



NACA 2021 Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of the National Association for Clean Air will be held from October 7 to 8, 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is “Evidence-Based Pathways to Clean Air in South Africa”.

This years’ event will again be held in a virtual and interactive format to ensure the safety of attendees, volunteers, and employees. Lakes Environmental is proud to be both a sponsor and exhibitor of the conference.

Register for the conference and visit the event website for regular updates as we lead up to the virtual kick-off on October 7, 2021.

Just Announced – New Online AERMOD and CALPUFF Courses!

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We’re pleased to announce the following upcoming Online AERMOD and CALPUFF Air Dispersion Modeling Courses. Join us for world class virtual training from the convenience of your own home or office with our senior level air quality experts!

CALPUFF: Jan 25-26, 2022

AERMOD: Mar 1-2, 2022

AERMOD: Apr 12-13, 2022

AERMOD: May 17-18, 2022

Register and pay today before space is gone!

Lakes Environmental Closed for Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday

Lakes Environmental’s offices will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 to observe the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. Our Dallas office will remain open on this day. If you have any needs during that time, please e-mail us at and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.


2021 Course Schedule

Dec 7-8, 2021
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Jan 18-19, 2022
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Jan 25-26, 2022
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Mar 1-2, 2022
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Apr 12-13, 2022
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May 17-18, 2022
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Graphical Options: Using Layouts

As we have discussed in this space before, presenting high-quality graphical depictions of air dispersion modeling output is vital to communicating the meaning of the calculations. The Graphical Options within Lakes Software’s wide range of commercial products give users the customization options that modelers need. These options are accessed via buttons on either the main toolbar or Annotation Toolbar.

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Graphical Options in AERMOD View

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Annotation Toolbar

One feature of the Graphical Options is the ability to create Layouts. Layouts are like templates that save a modeler’s selected settings so that the same options can easily be imported to future projects.

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Layout Buttons in the Graphical Options Dialog

The following Graphical Options are saved within the Layout:

  • Contours
    • Levels
    • Smoothing
    • Labeling
    • Color Ramp
  • Posting

Follow these steps to save and load your own Layouts:

Step 1. After setting the desired options in these areas, press the Save as Layout button Modeling Tip picture   at the top of the Graphical Options dialog. When the Save Layout As dialog appears, assign a name to the Layout and click OK.

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Step 2. When you want to use the Layout, first select all the contour plots that you want to apply. You can select multiple plots in the Plots Tree View by holding the Ctrl key while selecting which plots to modify.

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Plots Tree View with Multiple Plots Selected

Step 3. Return to Graphical Options and press the Load from Layout button Modeling Tip picture   to open the Select Layout dialog. Choose the Layout you want to apply to the selected plots and click Select. You can verify the selected settings. When you are satisfied, click Apply and then OK to return to the main display.

Layouts are saved within the application’s background settings so they can be used again in the future.



First Annual Report Highlights Links Between Air Quality and Climate Change

September 7, 2021 - Human-caused emissions of air pollutants fell during last year’s COVID-19 economic slowdowns, improving air quality in some parts of the world, while wildfires and sand and dust storms in 2020 worsened air quality in other places, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Two CIRES scientists working in NOAA laboratories contributed to the WMO’s first-ever Air Quality and Climate Bulletin, released on September 3.

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Climate Change Helped Intensify Hurricane Ida – A Potential Preview Of What’s To Come

September 2, 2021- By the time Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday morning, the storm had strengthened dramatically. Picking up intensity overnight as it moved over warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, it hit the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane.

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