Accession Number : ADA518579


Title :   Interagency Modeling Atmospheric Assessment Center Local Jurisdiction: IMAAC Operations Framework


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS


Personal Author(s) : Dadosky, Edward J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a518579.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 124


Abstract : The Interagency Modeling Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC) is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) interagency working group responsible to create atmospheric air plume dispersion model predictions for designated emergencies. When activated IMAAC is comprised of representatives from eight federal agencies with the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) serving as the interim host. The Center concept was designed to eliminate contradictory plume predictions during weapons of mass of destruction (WMD) and hazardous materials incidents. IMAAC plume predictions represent the federal position during such emergencies. IMAAC resources are also available to assist local jurisdictions during incidents requiring federal coordination as cited by the DHS National Response Framework. An operations framework model has been devised in this thesis to address ongoing plume modeling issues between IMAAC and first responders in need of fast and accurate plume predictions during accidental or intentional spills, releases, or discharges of WMD or hazardous materials into the environment. The proposed operations framework model is designed to address related obstacles facing first responders including IMAAC Web-based and stand-alone models accessibility, incident reach back support, coordinated procedures, training, exercises, and funding.


Descriptors :   *HOMELAND SECURITY , *INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , *ATMOSPHERE MODELS , *INTERNET , *PLUMES , *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS , RESPONSE , SELF CONTAINED , ACCESS , HAZARDOUS MATERIALS , THESES , ACCURACY , MODELS , PREDICTIONS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , WEAPONS , POSITION(LOCATION)


Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems Management and Standards
      Cybernetics
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Air Pollution and Control


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE