1st West African Workshop on Air Quality,

Measurements & Modelling


Multipurpose Conference Complex, National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA,

Km 17 Umar Musa Y'Ardua Expressway (Old Airport Road)

Abuja Nigeria, 9 – 12 June 2014


In collaboration between: 

Center for Atmospheric Research (CAR), National Space Research & Development Agency NASRDA, Amyigba, Nigeria, 


Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder CO



  • Dr. Bode Gbobaniyi, CAR
  • Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, CAR Director
  • Dr. Simone Tilmes, NCAR       
  • Dr. John Ortega, NCAR


 Goals of the Workshop:

Raise awareness about air quality for students, and scientists. Discuss needs for observations, modeling, and outstanding science questions:

What is the chemical composition and amount of pollution in urban and remote areas in Nigeria

  • bring together African and international researchers to discuss the current state of knowledge on pollution in Nigeria and beyond
  • provide lectures on different air quality measurements and in part implementation, given the limitation in infrastructure etc.
  • provide tutorial on regional modeling of air quality using the Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) Model including tropospheric chemistry


What are the interactions between air quality and regional and global climate change?

  • provide tutorial on global chemistry-climate modeling using the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM)


What are impacts of air quality on health and agriculture in West Africa?

Discussion on future collaborations

In the News!!!  Article in the Nigerian Guardian by J.K. Obatala

June 2014: Abuja, Nigeria

Group picture June 9, 2014, Abuja, Nigeria (click for full-size image):


Group photo of the June 2014 workshop



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