Learn How to Use HARP

 This page last reviewed June 2, 2011

Learn How to Use HARP

HARP is a combination of three separate disciplines - emission inventory reporting; air dispersion modeling; and facility health risk assessment. You must have a familiarity with these disciplines if you plan to use HARP.

The best way to learn how to use the HARP software is to go through the tutorial in Chapter 4 of the HARP User Guide. Also, Appendix A and B of the HARP User Guide may be helpful to you. Appendix A contains a set of "How-To" Guides that outline the basic steps to complete a task. HARP is repetitious in data entry and setting up an air dispersion run. Appendix A will remind you how to do certain tasks. Appendix B is a list of the file extensions used in HARP. Once you figure out which part of HARP uses which files, it is easier to understand how the software works.

Also available, is a list of tips and helpful reminders for setting up and running a project. It is called the HARP Tips to Remember.

Once you have gone through the tutorial, please try the HARP Point Source Sample Problem.

If you are interested in keeping a record of the project you have created in HARP, you might be interested in the HARP Data File Matrix. The HARP Data File Matrix is a set of three tables that provide information on which files are needed to document a health risk assessment. It also lists which files are used/created by each module in HARP. This is helpful for troubleshooting and recreating someone else's work.