Particulate Matter Supersites Program
and Related Studies

(2005 AAAR PM Supersites Conference)
An International Specialty Conference by the
American Association for Aerosol Research
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia
February 7 – 11, 2005
Conference Chair: Paul A. Solomon, US EPA/ORD
(, 702-798-2280)

Abstract Submissions
NOTE: New submissions are no longer being accepted!


The Particulate Matters (PM) Supersites Program is a multi-million dollar ($27M) multi-institutional program of methods, development and evaluation, air quality measurements, data analysis, and modeling. The three major objectives include:

  1. Developing information that will reduce uncertainties in our understanding of PM accumulation in air;
  2. Advancing and evaluating PM measurement methods; and
  3. Supporting health effects and exposure studies.

The Particulate Matter Supersites Projects are not a set of 8 independent studies with single monitoring sites in a given city. In fact, PM Supersites Projects, each should be considered as a regional study extending well beyond the boundaries of the urban environment they are located. From this standpoint, the PM Supersites Program is enhanced and enhances air quality and meteorological data collection activities from across the country, including SE Canada, during the period 1999 to 2005. Phase I consisted of projects in two locations, Atlanta, GA and Fresno, CA. These projects were focused on methods evaluation and testing, although they were both coordinated with other air quality programs in their respective areas. Phase II consists of major field and laboratory efforts in seven locations throughout the continental US, including New York, NY, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, St. Louis, MO, Houston, TX, Fresno, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. Coordination of the five eastern Supersites Projects during Phase II, developed into the Eastern Supersites Program (ESP), a coordinated effort involving three intensive field measurement efforts during 2001 and 2002 and nearly 30 air quality program and studies. Phase III will provide 1) the Supersites Integrated Relational Database (SIRD), a national air quality and meteorological database and a spin off from ESP and 2) an integrated synthesis of Key and Policy Relevant Findings from the PM Supersites Program and Related Studies to provide information to key stake holders and the scientific communities that would ultimately reduce uncertainties in our understanding of atmospheric PM accumulation on urban and regional scales and to allow for the development of effective emissions management programs to reduce the impact of PM related pollution on humans and ecosystems.

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Purpose and Scope of the Conference


  • To focus on results from the PM Supersites Program and Related Studies that would ultimately reduce uncertainties in our understanding of PM accumulation in air and support and provide guidance on policy planning and decisions for reducing PM concentrations in air.
  • To advance the science in the area of Particulate Matter pollution and to widely disseminate that information to air quality managers, decision makers, and scientists in the public and private sectors at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Results presented at this meeting, along with other results from the PM Supersites Program and Related Studies will form a basis for the development of the Key and Policy Relevant Findings synthesis, which is the basis of EPA’s Communication Strategy of Results from the PM Supersites Program and Related Studies.
  • To add significantly to the peer-reviewed literature by publishing research results presented at the conference in a variety of special issues of selected journals. Publication of results in the proposed journals is of paramount importance for this conference and all presenters are strongly encouraged to submit high quality papers after the meeting, per the publication policy.


  • Air quality studies in North America, with a focus on results from the PM Supersites Program and Related Studies conducted during the last half-decade. The scope includes, but is not limited to, methods development and evaluation, emissions, atmospheric and physical processes, deposition, meteorological effects that influence PM, measurements and characterization, source apportionment, air quality models and modeling results, and policy implications. Health effects and exposure studies are not within the scope of this meeting although many of the atmospheric sciences results presented at this conference will be pertinent to the exposure and health related communities.
  • This is an international meeting and while the major focus will be PM Supersites Program and Related Studies in the US and Canada, papers from other areas (Europe, Asia, South America) are encouraged.

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Target Audience

Air quality managers, decision makers, and scientists at the state, local, regional, and Federal levels, private industry and industrial agencies, academic scientists, and others interested in reducing uncertainties in our understanding of atmospheric PM accumulation in urban and regional environments.

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Meeting Location & Reservations

The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is located 11 miles (approximately 20 minutes) from the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is unlike any other luxury hotel in Atlanta, and is located directly in the center of lively downtown. You're minutes from exciting shopping, sports, dining and entertainment.

Meeting Accommodations
Special group rates have been established for participants of the 2005 AAAR Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies.

Single/Double Rate $139
*Government Rate $112

These rates will be offered 3 days prior and 3 days after the meeting dates of February 7 - 11, 2005. You may book your room reservations by contacting the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel directly at 1-800-833-8624 and request the group rate. All reservations must be made by Wednesday, January 5, 2005. After January 5, reservations are taken on a room and rate availability basis.

All reservations require a deposit equal to one night's room rate and state and local taxes, currently 14% percent. Your deposit will serve to confirm the reservation for the date(s) indicated, and, upon check-in, shall be applied to the first and/or final night of the reserved stay. This deposit is refundable if notice is received at least 72 hours prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

Please note:  Your credit card will only be used to hold your reservation and not charged until your day of arrival.

Sheraton Hotel Website (Website for reference only. Call hotel to receive AAAR rate.)

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Atlanta Guide

For more information about Atlanta click here.

Centennial Olympic Park is the place where history was made in 1996 during the Olympic Game's Centennial Year. Today, the park hosts plenty of family friendly entertainment like holiday celebrations, concerts, contests, fountain shows and more. Visit

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park allows you to tour Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home and the area where he once preached and where he is laid to rest. Visit the National Park Service's Web site at

The World of Coca Cola. Ever wonder what made this drink one of the world's favorite beverages? Tour the factory for the history of how this popular beverage came to be and what it is today. For the factory's hours visit

Underground Atlanta. This shopping mecca is located in downtown Atlanta near all of the city's historic sites. Underground Atlanta hosts a variety of shops, restaurants and street vendors. Visit

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Exhibitor List

Booth 19
58 Guinan St . 
Waltham , MA 02451
Fax: 781-891-8151

Magee Scientific Co.
Booth 20
1829 Francisco St .
Berkeley , CA 94703
Fax: 510-845-7137

Met One Instruments
Booth 22

1600 Washington Blvd.

Grants Pass
, OR 97526

Fax: 541-471-7116


New Star Environmental
Booth 16
3293 Ashburton Chase NE
Roswell, GA 30075
Fax: 770-998-9794

Particle Instruments LLC
Booth 18
PO Box 270393  
Vadnais Heights , MN 55127
Fax: 651-407-9050

RJ Lee Group
Booth 17
350 Hochberg Road
Monroeville, PA 15146

Rupprecht & Patashnick Co., Inc.
Booth 15
26 Tech Valley Drive
East Greenbush , NY 12061
Fax: 518-452-0067

TSI Incorporated
Booths 13 & 14
500 Cardigan Road
Shoreview , MN 55126
Fax: 651-490-3824

Thermo Electron Corp.
Booth 1
27 Forge Parkway
Franklin , MA 02038
Fax: 508-520-1460

Tisch Environmental, Inc.
Booth 21
145 South Miami Ave.
Cleves , OH 45002
Fax: 513-467-9009

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2005 AAAR PM Supersites Conference Sponsors (as of June 28, 2004)

The American Association for Aerosol Research gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors of the 2005 AAAR Supersites Conference.

  • Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)
  • California Air Resources Board
  • EPRI
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA)
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Southern Company
  • US Environmental Protection Agency

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Registration Instructions, Fees, and Financial Assistance

Registration Instructions
All attendees must register for the meeting. Additional information will be published at a later date.


The meeting registration fees are:
  Early Bird Registration: $400 (On or before December 24, 2004)
  Advance: $575 (December 25, 2004 - January 21, 2005)
  Student Early Bird: $75 (On or before December 24, 2004)
  Student Advance: $150 (December 25, 2004 - January 21, 2005)
  Walk-in: $675
  Student Walk-in $225

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance depends on financial support to the conference. Priority will be given to speakers, with students having the highest priority. All requests for travel support must be made to the conference chair by email before January 17, 2005.
• Limited financial assistance will be available to support travel.
• A limited number of registration waivers will be available.

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Conference Organization

The American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) is the primary professional society sponsoring this conference.

The meeting is chaired by Paul Solomon, US EPA, ORD. Two major committees have been established to provide policy and technical guidance. The Executive Steering Committee is responsible for providing policy guidance, particularly for the workshops that this conference supports and for obtaining financial support or for providing guidance to AAAR so financial support can be obtained. The Executive Technical Program Committee is responsible for identifying sessions, reviewing abstracts, organizing the technical sessions, and chairing sessions. The Technical Program Committee (TBD) is an extension of the latter committee and will include all session chairs. These committees are responsible for soliciting abstracts prior to and manuscripts after the conference and helping to ensure a smooth operation of the meeting. Other committees include ones for Publications and Exhibits. The AAAR Liaison to the conference chair is Tony Wexler, UC Davis.

Executive Technical Program Committee

  • Paul Solomon, US Environmental Protection Agency, ORD
  • Charles O. Stanier, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering University of Iowa (Committee Co-chair)
  • David Allen, University of Texas at Austin
  • George Allen, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management
  • Jeff Brook, Meteorological Service of Canada
  • Ken Demerjian, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Susanne V. Hering, Aerosol Dynamics Inc.
  • Philip Hopke, Clarkson University (2004 AAAR President)
  • Serpil Kayin, Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association
  • Dona Kenski, Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium
  • Sonia Kreidenweis (2005 AAAR President)
  • Karen Magliano, California Air Resources Board
  • Tom Moore, Western Regional Air Partnership
  • John Ondov, University of Maryland
  • Spyros Pandis, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Armistead (Ted) Russell, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Costantinos (Costas) Sioutas, University of Southern California
  • Jay Turner, Washington University
  • John Watson, Desert Research Institute
  • Tony Wexler, University of California, Davis (Conference Liaison)

Executive Steering Committee Members

  • Paul Solomon, US Environmental Protection Agency, ORD
  • William Aljoe, Department of Energy, NETL
  • David Chock, Ford Motor Company
  • Bruce Doddridge, University of Maryland
  • Mike Gilroy, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency/STAPPA-ALAPCO
  • Philip Hopke, Clarkson University (2004 AAAR President)
  • John Jansen, Southern Company
  • Dan Johnson, WESTAR
  • Mike Koerber, Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium/Mid-West RPO
  • Sonia Kreidenweis (2005 AAAR President)
  • Richard Scheffe, US Environmental Protection Agency, OAQPS
  • Lynn Terry, California Air Resources Board
  • Richard Valintenitte, State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources/STAPPA-ALAPCO
  • James Vickery, US Environmental Protection Agency, ORD
  • Susan Wierman, Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association
  • Tony Wexler, UC Davis, (Conference Liaison)

Publications Committee (P. Solomon + one guest editor per issue)

Aerosol Science & Technology:
Guest editor TBD
Atmospheric Environment:
Guest editor TBD
Guest editor TBD
Journal of Applied Meteorology
Guest editor TBD

Exhibit Committee

Tom Merrifield, BGI, Inc.

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Abstract Submissions
NOTE: New submissions are no longer being accepted!

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by clicking here. Prior approval from the conference chair is required for abstracts that are not submitted through the AAAR Internet web site. These must be submitted electronically in standard word processing software by email. For a pdf version of the entire Call for Paper Brochure, click here.

Authors are asked to indicate two possible sessions for their presentation as well as poster vs regular session. Please mark the appropriate boxes on the abstract submission form. Click here for a listing of the sessions (pdf).

Abstracts will be available for viewing from a link on this website on January 24, 2005, and they will be live for one year from that date.

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Conference Publications

Publications Policy:
Click here for publication policy (.pdf).

Program and Abstracts:
These will be available on the AAAR web site prior to the meeting (date TBD).

Special Journal Issues and Publications Policy:
Presenters are strongly encouraged to submit papers to the special journal issues associated with this conference. The publications committee and publications policy will be posted well in advance of the meeting. Papers for the special issues will be due in April 2005. Currently, four journals are under consideration for special issues:

Aerosol Science & Technology
Atmospheric Environment
J. Geophysical Research – Atmospheres
Journal of Applied Meteorology

Multiple issues may be organized in each journal and additional journals may be added.

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Conference Structure

The conference will have 3-4 plenary sessions, regular sessions, and extensive poster sessions. The conference will begin Monday morning February 7, 2005 and end mid-afternoon on February 11, 2005. Talks will be 20-25 minutes in duration, including 5 minutes for questions. The length of the talks will depend on the number of submissions, but you will be notified of the length with your acceptance letter. Approximately 50% of the papers will be presented as posters since it is likely that each topic will only be assigned one regular session. Up to 5 concurrent regular sessions are planned.

General Topic Areas

Measurement Methods
Measurements and Characterization
Atmospheric Processes and Chemistry
Source Apportionment
Models & Modeling
Policy Implications
Related Topics (Plenary Sessions)

Specific Topic Areas

A. Measurement Methods
  1. Integrated Sampling and Analytical Methods for Inorganic Components
  2. Continuous Methods for Particulate Mass - PM2.5 & PMcoarse: Development, Evaluations, and Comparison to FRM or Proposed FRM
  3. Continuous Methods for Chemical Components of Mass: Development and Evaluations
  4. Gas Phase Precursor Methods (HNO3, NH3, NO, NO2, CO2, CO, SO2, VOC): Development and Evaluations
  5. Ultrafine PM: Methods for Mass and Composition
  6. Size Distribution Methods (number, size, density)
  7. Carbonaceous Aerosols: Sampling and Analytical Methods and Measurements
    a. Organic and Elemental Carbon
    b. Organic Speciation
    c. Primary and Secondary Organic Aerosols
    d. Anthropogenic vs Biogenic Organic Aerosols
    e. Semi-Volatile Components
  8. Aerosol Water (Methods)
  9. Methods for Sampling Clouds and Fogs for Composition
  10. Optical and Remote Sensing Methods and Measurements
  11. Methods for Toxic Particulate Pollutants
  12. Particle Mass Spectrometers
B. Emissions
  1. Emissions Estimates: Methods, Measurements, and Modeling Systems
  2. Emissions Inventory Verification: Top-down and Bottom-up
  3. Ammonia Emissions Estimates and Inventories
C. Deposition
  1. Deposition of PM and PM Precursors
  2. Dry Deposition Of Total Nitrogen—Next Steps For Improving Quantification
D. Measurements & Characterization
  1. PM Mass Closure: Advances and Assumptions
  2. Fine and Coarse PM Mass and Composition: Spatial and Temporal Variability
  3. Local and Regional Aerosols and Their Influence on Rural and Urban PM Levels (or Local Aerosol Concentrations and Influence of Regional Aerosols)
  4. Ultrafine PM: Spatial and Temporal Variability
  5. Vertical Distribution of PM and PM Components
  6. Size Distribution Measurements and Assumptions (number, size, density)
  7. Aerosol Water (Measurements)
  8. Comparison of Data Among National Monitoring Networks
  9. Representativeness of Air Quality and Meteorological Measurements
  10. Measurements of Toxic Particulate Pollutants
  11. Organic Aerosol Measurements

E. Atmospheric Processes & Chemistry

  1. PM Concentrations – Influence of Precursors (NOx, SO2, NH3, VOC, & SVOC)
  2. Role of Oxidants in Aerosol Formation
  3. Role of Atmospheric Aerosol Acidity in Aerosol Formation
  4. Ammonia: Role in Atmospheric Processes for PM Formation
  5. Influence of Fogs and Clouds on PM Concentrations
  6. Limiting Reagents in the SO2, NO2, and NH3 System (Processes)
  7. Influence of Meteorology on Accumulation of PM
  8. Conceptual Models of PM By Geographic Regions
F. Source Apportionment
  1. Source Apportionment using Advanced Receptor Methods
  2. Identifying Diesel Signatures
  3. Identifying The Impact Of Fires
  4. Application of Single Particle Methods
  5. Application of Continuous Methods
G. Models & Modeling
  1. Emissions Based Modeling: Performance Evaluation Results and Application
  2. Limiting Reagents in the SO2, NO2, and NH3 System (Modeling)
  3. Advances in Modeling Semi-Volatile Components in Atmospheric Aerosols
  4. Observation Based Modeling Methods and Results
  5. Regional Transport and the Influence of Boundary Conditions (Modeling)
  6. Meteorological Modeling: State of the Art Advances
H. Policy Implications
  1. Relationship of Ozone, PM, and Regional Haze
  2. Estimating Uncertainties in Measurements and Modeling Results
  3. Approaches to Attaining the PM2.5 NAAQS


Recommendations for state and local monitoring network design to support SIP development
  5. The relationship of short-term peaks to NAAQS attainment and to SIP development
  6. Are emissions management strategies providing the expected reductions?
  7. PM and Visibility/Regional Haze
I. Related Topics (Plenary Sessions)
  1. Health Effects (Daniel Greenbaum, Health Effects Institute)
  2. Regulations (John Bachmann, EPA)
  3. Global Climate Change (Jeffrey Gaffney, Argonne National Laboratory)

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Dates to Remember

November 17, 2004 Preliminary Program Posted on AAAR Web Site
December 17, 2004 Early Bird Registration Deadline
January 3, 2005 Final Program Posted on AAAR Web Site
January 6, 2005 Late Breaking Abstract Submission Deadline
January 17, 2005 Advanced Registration Deadline/Registrations received after this date will be processed at the on-site registration fee
January 24, 2005 Abstracts Posted on AAAR Web Site
February 7-11, 2005 AAAR PM Supersites Program & Related Studies (Walk-in registrations accepted)


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Student Assistants Program

Student Assistant positions are available for individuals interested in working at the 2005 AAAR PM Supersites Program and Related Studies International Specialty Conference. Assistants perform a variety of important tasks that ensure the smooth functioning of workshops, platforms and poster sessions, as well as numerous activities.

Assistants are paid $10 per session and must work a minimum of four (4) sessions. Student assistants are required to attend an orientation meeting at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel on Sunday, February 6th, 2005.

For more information, contact Deanna Bright, 856-439-9080, extension 3068, or
email:, SUBJECT: Student Assistant Program

Student Travel Grant Application

1. Applications must be received by Dec. 31, 2004.
2. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the conference
3. Students must be presenting and be a author or co-author on a submitted abstract to be eligible.
4. Preference is given to Ph.D. students in their final two years of study
5. Preference is given to students who must travel the furthest
6. Preference is given to students who will be attending the conference for multiple days

Complete applications must include
1. The application
2. Signature of the student's research advisor (for electronic application submissions, please fax a copy of the application with the research advisors signature to 702-798-2261, Attention: Paul Solomon)
3. Be sure to fill in the dates/days of the conference you plan to attend.

Decisions will be made by January 7, 2004. A limited number of $500 student travel grants will be provided.


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