Articles | Volume 15, issue 13
Methods for assessment of models
08 Jul 2022
Methods for assessment of models |  | 08 Jul 2022

A multi-pollutant and multi-sectorial approach to screening the consistency of emission inventories

Philippe Thunis, Alain Clappier, Enrico Pisoni, Bertrand Bessagnet, Jeroen Kuenen, Marc Guevara, and Susana Lopez-Aparicio

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In this work, we propose a screening method to improve the quality of emission inventories, which are responsible for large uncertainties in air-quality modeling. The first step of screening consists of keeping only emission contributions that are relevant enough. In a second step, the method identifies large differences that provide evidence of methodological divergence or errors. We used the approach to compare two versions of the CAMS-REG European-scale inventory over 150 European cities.