Smkreport uses the SMOKE intermediate files generated by other SMOKE programs to create a large variety of emissions and activity data
totals to be used for QA of the emissions data. This QA is in addition to the QA performed by other SMOKE programs for checking
file formats and input quality, and it focuses on analysis of the emissions values processed and output by SMOKE. Smkreport operates on one source category (area, mobile, or point) in a given run, though it does not operate on biogenic emissions
because biogenic does not have the same structure of intermediate files that Smkreport uses for inputs. Each run of Smkreport is also limited to one speciation scenario, one grid projection and resolution, and one hourly emissions file. Smkreport can also read in growth or multiplicative control matrices, but not reactivity control matrices. All of these component datasets
are optional, however, and their use is controlled by the settings in the Report Configuration File (
REPCONFIG), described in Section 7.3, “
REPCONFIG Input File”. Analysis of multiple source categories (area/mobile/point) in the same report is a postprocessing step in which the user
can import multiple reports from different source categories and analyze across multiple source categories.
The most important input file to Smkreport is the
REPCONFIG file. Through this file, you have a tremendous amount of flexibility in generating different types of reports. Options are
invoked by using reporting “instructions”, which you prepares before using Smkreport. See the
REPCONFIG documentation in Section 7.3, “
REPCONFIG Input File” for more information on the reporting options. Additionally, in Section 7.5, “Quality Assurance Methods” we provide some guidance on the types of analyses you can perform using reports created by Smkreport, and reasons why you might want to use those analyses.
Smkreport can generate multiple reports with a single run of the program. Multiple report writing is helpful, because a large part
of the time that the program takes to run is reading in the SMOKE intermediate files. Note that the multiple reports are all
for a single source category for one run of Smkreport. As described in the Section 7.4, “Reports Created by Smkreport”, the report output names are configured by the
REPCONFIG file. You may specify either physical file names (including the path) in
REPCONFIG, or you may specify logical file names and then make sure your script sets the logical file names to physical file names.
Chapter 4, Using SMOKE Scripts describes the default configuration of reports in the example SMOKE scripts. At the end of Chapter 4, Using SMOKE Scripts, we also provide information about how to configure the scripts to change the output reports that SMOKE will create.