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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Acronyms." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management "Air Quality Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico Region" Study. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25600.
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Appendix C: Acronyms

AERMOD American Meteorological Society/Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Model
AIS Automatic Identification Systems
BEIS Biogenic Emissions Inventory System
BOEM Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
CAA Clean Air Act
CAMx Comprehensive Air Quality Model with Extensions
CART Classification And Regression Tree
Cl Chlorine
CMAQ Community Multi-scale Air Quality
CO carbon monoxide
COARE Coupled Ocean Atmosphere Response Experiment
EETs emission exemption thresholds
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
FB fractional bias
FE fractional gross error
FRM federal reference method
GOMR Gulf of Mexico Region
MEGAN Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature
MMIF Mesoscale Model Interface
NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NAM North American Model
NEI National Emissions Inventory
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NMB normalized mean bias
NME normalized mean error
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NO2 nitrogen dioxide
NOX oxides of nitrogen
OCD Offshore and Coastal Dispersion
OCS outer continental shelf
PBL planetary boundary layer
PM particulate matter
PM10 particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters ≤ 10 µm
PM2.5 particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters ≤ 2.5 µm
RCP representative concentration pathway
RMS root mean square
SER Significant Emission Rate
SIL Significant Impact Level
SO2 sulfur dioxide
VOC volatile organic compounds
WRF Weather Research and Forecasting
Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Acronyms." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management "Air Quality Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico Region" Study. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25600.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Acronyms." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Review of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management "Air Quality Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico Region" Study. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25600.
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Emissions associated with oil and gas exploration, development, and production on the Gulf waters can result in increased levels of air pollutants that contribute to a range of air quality impacts in the Gulf of Mexico Region (GOMR). “Criteria air pollutants”, such as carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide, are considered harmful to public health and the environment. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the U.S. outer continental shelf oil and gas resources and is required to help manage air quality in the GOMR.

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