Seminar – 12th March 2020

Title: Challenges in modelling for emergency planning and response to contaminant releases

The Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling Liaison Committee is holding a one-day workshop on 12 March 2020 at the Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) training centre, PHE, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK, OX11 0RQ.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together dispersion modellers, policy experts and decision-makers to discuss the role of dispersion modelling in emergency planning and response across different contaminant types. Key objectives are to:

  • Look at current practices in emergency planning and response modelling across different contaminants, including radiological, chemical, volcanic ash, fire and smoke.
  • Assess the differences in scientific approaches and explore reasons for these, for example whether they arise from historical development, or from the nature of the underlying emergencies (timescales, distances affected, ease of identifying the contaminant etc)?
  • Examine differences in planning at a policy level (the use of ‘reasonable worst case’, probabilistic approaches) and any implications of this for response.
  • Discuss whether emergency response and planning can benefit from joint working – and, if so, how this could be taken forward.

The workshop will include talks from distinguished speakers including Professor Robin Grimes FRS FREng (MOD Chief Scientific Advisor), Mausmi Juthani (Head of Resilience, Government Office for Science), Professor Jonathan Rougier and representatives from the Met Office, Public Health England, Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Health and Safety Executive. The current programme is attached.

If you (and/or colleagues) would like to attend this meeting, please notify ADMLC at admlc@phe.gov.uk. Places are limited. We will notify you as soon as possible to confirm your place, or to indicate that you are on a waiting list. There is no fee for attendance, and lunch will be provided.

Meeting location details are attached. Further details will be shared in due course.

We look forward to hearing from you.