Michael D. Moran

Research Scientist - Team Leader, Regional-Scale Air Quality Modelling

Current research and/or projects

Development of air quality (AQ) models for short-term AQ forecasting and the assessment of emission management approaches

  • Regional PM (particulate matter) modelling: development, evaluation and application of an Eulerian PM model (AURAMS: A Unified Regional Air-quality Modelling System)
  • Operational air-quality forecasting: improvements to current off-line operational air quality forecast model (CHRONOS) and development of a new on-line air quality model (GEM-MACH)
  • Acid deposition modelling: improvements to modelling tools and assessment of impact on future acid deposition of proposed changes in acidifying emissions
  • Emissions processing and modelling: development and application of improved techniques and data sources for providing high-resolution anthropogenic and biogenic emissions to air quality models

Professional activities / interests

Authored or co-authored 38 journal articles, 7 book chapters, and chapters in 7 international and Canadian air-quality science assessments

Served as external peer reviewer of two U.S. modelling programs; provided peer reviews to 14 scientific journals

Supervised one post-doctoral fellow; member of one Ph.D. committee (University of Guelph)

Education and awards

Environment Canada Citations of Excellence for group work (2003, 2005)

Ph.D. (Atmospheric Science), Colorado State University

Key publications

Samaali, M., V.S. Bouchet, M.D. Moran, and M. Sassi, 2011.  Application of a tagged-species method to source apportionment of primary PM2.5 components in a regional air quality model, Atmos. Environ., 45, 3835-3847, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.04.007.

Levy, I., P.A. Makar, D. Sills, J. Zhang, K.L. Hayden, C. Mihele, J. Narayan, M.D. Moran, S. Sjostedt, and J. Brook , 2010.  Unraveling the complex local-scale flows influencing ozone patterns in the southern Great Lakes of North America.  Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 10895-10915

Makar, P.A., W. Gong, C. Mooney, J. Zhang, D. Davignon, M. Samaali, M.D. Moran, H. He, D.W. Tarasick, D. Sills, and J. Chen, 2010.  Dynamic adjustment of climatological ozone boundary conditions for air-quality forecasts.  Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 8997-9015.

Mitchell, M.J., G. Lovett, S. Bailey, F. Beall, D. Burns, D. Buso, T.A. Clair, F. Courchesne, L. Duchesne, C. Eimers, I. Fernandez, D. Houle, D.S. Jeffries, G.E. Likens, M.D. Moran, C. Rogers, D. Schwede, J. Shanley, K.C. Weathers and R. Vet, 2010.  Comparisons of watershed sulfur budgets in southeastern Canada and northeastern US: New approaches and implications. Biogeochem., 103, 181-207, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-010-9455-0.

Park, S.H., S.L. Gong, W. Gong, P.A. Makar, M.D. Moran, C.A. Stroud, and J. Zhang, 2010. Relative impact of wind-blown dust vs. anthropogenic fugitive dust in PM2.5 on air quality in North America.  J. Geophys. Res., 115, D16210, doi:10.1029/2009JD013144, 13 pp.

Wang, X., L. Zhang, and M.D. Moran, 2010:  Uncertainty assessment of current size-resolved parameterizations for below-cloud particle scavenging by rain.  Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 5685-5705, doi:10.5194/acp-10-5685-2010.

Samaali, M., M.D. Moran, V.S. Bouchet, R. Pavlovic, S. Cousineau, and M. Sassi, 2009:  On the influence of chemical initial and boundary conditions on annual regional air quality model simulations for North America.  Atmos. Environ., 43, 4873-4885.

Smyth, S.C., W. Jiang, H. Roth, M.D. Moran, P.A. Makar, F. Yang, V.S. Bouchet, and H. Landry, 2009:  A comparative performance evaluation of the AURAMS and CMAQ air quality modelling systems.  Atmos. Environ., 43, 1059-1070.

Craig, L., J.R. Brook, Q. Chiotti, B. Croes, S. Gower, A. Hedley, D. Krewski, A. Krupnick, M. Krzyzanowski, M.D. Moran, W. Pennell, J.M. Samet, J. Schneider, J. Shortreed, and M. Williams 2008:  Air pollution and public health: A guidance document for risk managers. 
J. Toxicol. Environ. Health - Part A: Current Issues, 71, 588-698. 

Park, S.H., S.L. Gong, T.L. Zhao, R.J. Vet, V.S. Bouchet, W. Gong, P.A. Makar, M.D. Moran, C. Stroud and J. Zhang. 2007. Simulation of entrainment and transport of dust particles within North America in April 2001 (“Red Dust Episode”). J. Geophys. Res., 112, D20209. [doi:10.1029/2007JD008443]

Tarasick, D.W., M.D. Moran et al. 2007. Comparison of Canadian air quality forecast models with tropospheric ozone profile measurements above mid-latitude North America during the IONS/ICARTT campaign: Evidence for stratospheric input. J. Geophys. Res., 112, D12S22. [doi:10.1029/2006JD007782]

Smyth, S., D. Yin, H. Roth, W. Jiang, M.D. Moran and L.-P. Crevier. 2006. The impact of GEM and MM5 meteorology on CMAQ air quality modeling results in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. J. Appl. Meteorol. 45:1525-1541. [doi:10.1175/JAM2420.1]

Gong, W., A.P. Dastoor, V.S. Bouchet, S. Gong, P.A. Makar, M.D. Moran, B. Pabla, S. Ménard, L-P. Crevier, S. Cousineau and S. Venkatesh. 2006. Cloud processing of gases and aerosols in a regional air quality model (AURAMS). Atmos. Res. 82: 248-275. [doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2005.10.012]

Moran, M.D. 2005. Current and proposed emission control programs: How will acid deposition be affected? In "2004 Canadian Acid Deposition Science Assessment". ISBN 0-662-68662-4. Environment Canada, 99-162.

Seigneur, C. and M.D. Moran. 2004. Using models to estimate particle concentration. In "Particulate Matter Science for Policy Makers: A NARSTO Assessment". P. McMurry, M. Shepherd and J. Vickery, Editors, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 283-323.