In view of the requirement for increased modelling use in air quality assessment as put forward within the frame of the new Air Quality Directive (AQD), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) were activated towards setting up a Forum for Air Quality Modelling to promote synergy between the users - at a local and national level - as well as exchange of relevant information.
In response to these requirements, the EEA via the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change (ETC-ACC) has formulated a task having as a main aim the development of a Forum. The JRC additionally proposed that a main aspect of the Forum should be to focus on scientific research that will establish improved and validated modelling tools on which decision making will be based. Thus the Forum will aim in promoting the use of these modelling tools for policy purposes in a harmonised manner between member states. Emphasis will be put on the new AQD requirements, mainly on the promotion of good modelling practices and the interaction between authorities and the modelling community at national and European levels.