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30 Apr 20192019 ADMS User Group Meetings to be held in Oxford, 13-14 November

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 User Group Meetings will be held at St Anne's College, Oxford on the 13th and 14th of November.

  • ADMS 5 User Group Meeting: Wednesday 13th November
  • ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads User Group Meeting: Thursday 14th November

These meetings will include the usual mix of presentations by CERC staff and software users and are the ideal opportunity to hear the latest news and advice on new model features. Users with a valid support contract are entitled to a number of free or reduced-rate delegate places depending on the type of licence held. Please contact CERC if there is a topic you would like to be covered at one of the meetings or if you would like to give a 'user view' presentation. More details will be published later in the year; registration will open online in the summer.

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10 Apr 2019London air quality: modelling Brent's proposed new Energy Centre

The CERC consultancy team investigated the air quality impact of a proposed Energy Centre, comprising boiler and CHP plant, in the London Borough of Brent.

Brent Council is procuring a district energy network as part of their South Kilburn regeneration project. The associated Energy Centre will include four boilers and up to two CHP units. Two new apartment buildings will be built close to the Energy Centre stack, one of 14 storeys and the other 8 storeys. Emissions from the Energy Centre stack have the potential to impact on the facades of these buildings. The Energy Centre and apartment buildings are located within an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) declared by Brent Council for 24-hour average particulate (PM10) and annual average NO2 concentrations.

ADMS 5 was used to carry out dispersion modelling of emissions of nitrogen oxides from the flues. Concentrations of NO2 were calculated on a high-resolution grid centred on the Energy Centre, as well as at the facades of the nearby apartment buildings.

The Environmental Protection UK and Institute of Air Quality Management's Land Use Planning & Development Control: Planning for Air Quality was used to assess the significance of the air quality impacts of the Energy Centre emissions at locations relevant for public exposure. At ground level receptors, the modelled impacts are classified as Negligible; at elevated receptors, the modelled impacts are classified as Slight.

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20 Mar 2019Air Pollution Monitoring and Early Warning Platform for Guangdong

China's Pearl River Delta agglomeration in Guangdong is the largest urban area in the world. Despite significant regional investment into improving the environment, the magnitude of the problems faced frequently results in hazardous air pollution levels being reached.

A new project bringing together UK and Chinese air quality experts will, for the first time in Guangdong, forecast air quality at very high (street level) resolution and disseminate both real time and forecast air quality together with high pollution alerts via an integrated smart platform. The project couples the WRF/CMAQ regional models with the state-of-the-art ADMS-Urban local model. The project will enable the development and testing of air pollution control strategies both for short-term episodes and for longer term improvement of the air quality. The system will be tested and optimised using reference air quality monitors already in place and additional innovative low cost, small sensors deployed by the project.

This 24 month project is led by CERC and Guangzhou HKUST FYTRI Research Institute, and is funded by Innovate UK and the Guangdong Science and Technology Department. The team are working with local stakeholders such as Environmental Monitoring Centers, businesses and universities to ensure the project benefits policymakers, urban planners and the residents of Guangdong.

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28 Feb 2019CERC at the Hounslow Air Quality Summit 26 Feb 2019

CERC were pleased to be invited to attend the first Hounslow Air Quality Summit, an afternoon of informative talks on a wide range of air quality related issues. Attendees heard talks from the GLA about plans to improve air quality in London, about the impact of poor air quality on health and about plans to assess the air quality impacts from the proposed expansion to Heathrow. Steve Smith from CERC was there promoting airTEXT, a free service providing air quality forecasts and alerts across Greater London.

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22 Feb 2019ADMS-Urban providing air quality forecasts for Manchester

We are delighted to announce that Manchester (UK) residents can now sign up for free air quality alerts by text message, email and recorded call. The messages are based on a forecast of air quality to enable the public to plan ahead.

CERC and Clean Air Greater Manchester are providing three-day forecasts of NO2, PM10, PM2.5 and ozone at street-scale resolution using CERC's ADMS-Urban modelling system. This builds on the detailed modelling work for Greater Manchester's Clean Air Plan, as we reported recently. For more information on ADMS-Urban or forecasting services please contact CERC.


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