Multiscale Air Quality with the NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model

Oriol Jorba*, Carlos Pérez, Karsten Haustein, Zavisa Janjic, José María Baldasano, Donald Dabdub, Alba Badia, Michele Spada

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The NMMB/BSC Chemical Transport Model (NMMB/BSC-CTM) is a new air quality modeling system under development at the Earth Sciences Department of BSC in collaboration with several research institutions. It is an on-line model based on the NCEP new global/regional Nonhydrostatic Multiscale Model on the B grid (NMMB). NMMB is an evolution of the WRF-NMMe model extending from meso to global scales. Its unified nonhydrostatic dynamical core allows regional and global simulations and forecasts. NMMB/BSC-CTM incorporates an aerosol module that simulates the global life cycle of mineral dust, sea salt, black carbon and organic carbon, and sulfate. Additionally, a gas-phase chemistry module has been implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAir Pollution Modeling and its Application XXII
EditorsDouw Steyn, Peter Builtjes, Renske Timmermans
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameNATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security
ISSN (Print)1874-6519


  • Aerosols
  • Global modeling
  • NMMB/BSC-model
  • Regional modeling


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