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24 Oct 2018Modelling air pollution across the West Midlands (UK) using ADMS-Urban RML

CERC are participating in the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme (WM-Air), by providing regional, local and coupled modelling of air pollution in this UK region.

The project aims to improve understanding of pollution sources and concentrations, with new capability to assess the air quality, health and economic consequences of possible policies on 2.8 million people. It will support specific case studies, ranging from major infrastructure projects such the HS2 high speed railway, to making effective use of Green Infrastructure (vegetation) in urban areas.

The UK scale modelling will be carried out using the mesoscale WRF meteorological model and the regional CMAQ chemistry-transport model. Local-scale ADMS-Urban modelling for urban centres across the West Midlands will be coupled to the UK scale modelling using the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link (RML).

This NERC-funded project is led by Professor William Bloss at the University of Birmingham and is part of the Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) initiative. WM-Air will run for five years from October 2018 and includes partners from the University of Birmingham, local government, the NHS, transport organisations and commercial enterprises.

20 Sep 2018ADMS User Group Meetings 7-8 Nov: Draft agendas now available

The draft agendas for this year's ADMS User Group Meetings are now available. The meetings are being held at Edinburgh City Chambers on 7th and 8th November. Places are limited, so please register before 29th October. Attendance is free for those with valid support. Licence holders with valid support can purchase additional places at a reduced rate. Permanent licence holders without support can purchase places at a reduced rate. For full details about entitlements and fees visit the CERC website.

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18 Sep 2018CERC sponsor & present at Routes to Clean Air 2018

CERC are once again proud to sponsor the Institute of Air Quality Management's upcoming Routes to Clean Air 2018 conference to be held at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre on 29-30 October 2018.

The Routes to Clean Air conferences provide an opportunity for air quality, public health and transport professionals to share their experiences of improving air quality, particularly in urban areas. This year features an excellent selection of top experts in air quality and related fields including CERC's own Dr Jenny Stocker presenting a talk entitled 'Best Practice Air Quality Modelling Using ADMS'; other relevant topics to be discussed include 'real driving' emissions, population exposure, green infrastructure and wood burning.

Speaker details and information on how to register can be found on the IAQM website here.

CERC will also be exhibiting at the conference, so come and find us to talk about the range of software and consultancy services we provide, or just say hello.

29 Aug 2018Summer 2018 editions of ADMS Model Newsletters now available

Catch up on ADMS model news in the Summer 2018 editions of ADMS 5 & ADMS-Screen News and ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads News which are now available. The newsletters are published approximately twice a year and include the latest news about the ADMS models, the annual User Group Meetings, CERC activities, training courses and recently published papers as well as a page of useful modelling tips. Previous editions of the newsletters are available here.

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15 Aug 2018ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link results published for London

'Air quality simulations for London using a coupled regional-to-local modelling system' has been published in the open access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics with authors from CERC, the University of Edinburgh and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. The paper describes coupled regional-to-local modelling using the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link system, alongside results from the underlying EMEP4UK (regional) and ADMS-Urban (local) models. Modelled concentrations of NOx, NO2, O3, PM10, PM2.5 and CO are compared against measurements from 2012 at LAQN monitoring sites, with the coupled system shown to perform well at both background and near-road sites. The paper also describes and assesses the effect of adjusting road traffic NOx and PM emissions to reflect real-world conditions, using stand-alone ADMS-Urban modelling.

Contours of concentration for greater London for the modelling year of 2012 from the coupled model are shown in the figure, overlaid with monitoring data shown by round symbols for near-road sites and square symbols for background sites. The contours have been used to assess areas of exceedence for NO2 and PM2.5 annual average air quality standards. This research was part of the CureAir project, funded by NERC.


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