CERC news http://www.cerc.co.uk CERC news en-us 2018 Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Detailed ADMS-Urban modelling for Greater Manchester's Clean Air Plan http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=290#news290 <p>Greater Manchester is <a href="https://cleanairgm.com/gm-clean-air-plan" title="Go to Greater Manchester page">developing</a> a Clean Air Plan to tackle illegally high levels of roadside air pollution across the city-region. They have carried out detailed modelling with CERC's <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/ADMSUrban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> software, which is widely used for developing and testing policy and action plans for air quality improvement. The modelling identified 152 stretches of road likely to have levels of NO2 in breach of legal limits beyond 2020 if no action is taken (i.e. annual average above 40 &mu;g/m3). An <a href="https://cleanairgm.com/clean-air-plan" title="Go to Greater Manchester Map">interactive map</a> shows which stretches of road are affected.</p> <p>To develop the Clean Air Plan, Greater Manchester is considering a wide range of measures that could help reduce roadside NO2 levels. The final Clean Air Plan will include a combination of interventions from a <a href="https://cleanairgm.com/gm-clean-air-plan" title="Go to Greater Manchester shortlist">shortlist</a> of 14 potential measures including retrofitting public transport and local authority fleets, increasing use of alternative fuels and electric vehicles, and Clean Air Zones. No decision has been taken yet on which of these measures will be included in the final Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan. The Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan Business Case is required to be submitted to Government by 31 December 2018.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20181107_Manchester.png" width="317" height="254"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=290#news290 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Modelling future air quality scenarios for the fast-expanding smart city of Cambridge (UK) http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=289#news289 <p>Over the next three years, the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/consultancy" title="Go to Consultancy page">CERC consultancy</a> team will be working closely with <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/" target="_blank" title="Access Cambridge City Council website">Cambridge City Council</a> and the <a href="https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/" target="_blank" title="Access Greater Cambridge Partnership website">Greater Cambridge Partnership</a> (GCP) on initiatives to improve or maintain existing good air quality whilst managing sustainable growth for Greater Cambridge.</p> <p>CERC will use <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/EMIT" title="Go to EMIT page">EMIT</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> to compile an emissions inventory and model baseline and future air quality across the GCP area. We will apply source apportionment techniques to quantify the relative contribution of different sources of emissions to air, thus guiding proposals for effective interventions.</p> <p>Road traffic emissions are the main source of air pollution in Cambridge. In 2004, the City Council declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) covering the central part of the city (<a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20181105_AQMA.jpg" target="_blank" title="Go to AQMA figure">see figure</a>). Expected traffic growth could worsen air quality, so a key aim of the GCP is to propose a range of measures to tackle congestion and air quality issues.</p> <p>CERC will assess proposed transport interventions by comparing the future baseline and future intervention scenarios, to inform the GCP of the effectiveness of different schemes.</p> <p>Potential interventions include: <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/clean-air-zone" target="_blank" title="Access Clean Air Zone website">Clean Air Zone</a> options; changing to electric buses and taxis; altering bus routes; encouraging modal shift, e.g. car to bike; closing roads and road charging schemes.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20181105_Cambridge.jpg" width="315" height="200"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20181105_AQMA.jpg" width="320" height="460"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=289#news289 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT 2000 health centres in areas breaching WHO air quality guidelines http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=288#news288 <p>New <a href="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0221/4446/files/PM_Report_FINAL_web_40b0715b-8775-4ee1-a092-2199f9c48a46.pdf?14854756238904833688&_ga=2.83947420.408292301.1540473390-2054549272.1531316626" title="BLF report" target="_blank">analysis</a> by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), and Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (<a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk" title="CERC home page" target="_blank">CERC</a>), has revealed that more than 2,000 health centres in Great Britain, including major teaching hospitals, children's hospitals, clinics and doctor's surgeries are in areas which exceed recommended air pollution guidelines. Specifically, these health centres are in areas with average levels of fine particulate matter (PM<sub>2.5</sub>) that are above the guideline recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (10&#956;g/m<sup>3</sup> for the annual average).</p> <p>CERC's analysis is based on predicted annual average PM<sub>2.5</sub> data for 2018 published by the UK Government. These data have a spatial resolution of 1km x 1km and therefore represent 'background' levels of PM<sub>2.5</sub>. These data give an indication of expected PM<sub>2.5</sub> levels at sufficient resolution to provide good evidence; however they do not capture hyperlocal spatial variations in PM<sub>2.5</sub> levels caused by road traffic.</p> <p>Postcodes for 1,457 hospitals and 8,532 doctor's surgeries in England, Scotland and Wales were extracted from the NHS digital database. (Northern Ireland was excluded from the scope of this research as NHS Digital does not contain postcodes for hospitals in Northern Ireland.) CERC found that 2,220 doctor's surgeries and 248 hospitals are in areas that exceed the WHO guideline.</p> <p>In their report '<a href="https://www.blf.org.uk/take-action/campaign/nhs-toxic-air-report" title="BLF report" target="_blank">Toxic Air at the Door of the NHS</a>' BLF are calling for the Government to put in place the right measures to ensure that no one breathes unsafe air, and to adopt the World Health Organisation's recommended guideline into UK law through the upcoming Environment Bill.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=288#news288 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Modelling air pollution across the West Midlands (UK) using ADMS-Urban RML http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=287#news287 <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> are participating in the <a href="https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/gees/research/projects/wm-air/index.aspx" title="WM-Air" target="_blank">West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme</a> (WM-Air), by providing regional, local and coupled modelling of air pollution in this UK region.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The UK scale modelling will be carried out using the mesoscale <a href="https://www.mmm.ucar.edu/weather-research-and-forecasting-model" title="Go to WRF page" target="_blank">WRF</a> meteorological model and the regional <a href="https://www.epa.gov/cmaq" title="Go to CMAQ page" target="_blank">CMAQ</a> chemistry-transport model. Local-scale <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMSUrban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> modelling for urban centres across the West Midlands will be coupled to the UK scale modelling using the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/RML" title="Go to ADMS-Urban RML page" target="_blank">ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link</a> (RML).</p> <p>This <a href="https://nerc.ukri.org/" title="Go to NERC page" target="_blank">NERC</a>-funded project is led by Professor <a href="https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/gees/bloss-william.aspx" title="Go to Profile" target="_blank">William Bloss</a> at the <a href="https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/" title="University of Birmingham" target="_blank">University of Birmingham</a> and is part of the <a href="https://nerc.ukri.org/press/releases/2018/45-rise/" title="RISE" target="_blank">Regional Impact from Science of the Environment</a> (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.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/birmingham-skyline-1437x458.jpg" width="365" height="125"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=287#news287 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT ADMS User Group Meetings 7-8 Nov: Draft agendas now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=286#news286 <p>The draft agendas for this year&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-group-meetings.php" title="Go to user group meeting page">ADMS User Group Meetings</a> are now available. The meetings are being held at Edinburgh City Chambers on 7th and 8th November. Places are limited, so please <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-group-meetings/registration.php" title="Go to registration page">register</a> 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 <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-group-meetings/registration.php" title="Go to registration page">CERC website</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=286#news286 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT CERC sponsor & present at Routes to Clean Air 2018 http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=285#news285 <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> are once again proud to sponsor the <a href="http://iaqm.co.uk/" target="_blank" title="Access IAQM website">Institute of Air Quality Management</a>&#39;s upcoming <a href="http://iaqm.co.uk/event/routes-to-clean-air-2018/" target="_blank" title="Access Routes to Clean Air website">Routes to Clean Air 2018</a> conference to be held at the <a href="https://www.thebcec.co.uk/" target="_blank" title="Access Birmingham Conference and Events Centre website">Birmingham Conference and Events Centre</a> on 29-30 October 2018.</p> <p>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&#39;s own Dr Jenny Stocker presenting a talk entitled &#39;Best Practice Air Quality Modelling Using ADMS&#39;; other relevant topics to be discussed include &#39;real driving&#39; emissions, population exposure, green infrastructure and wood burning.</p> <p>Speaker details and information on how to register can be found on the IAQM website <a href="http://iaqm.co.uk/event/routes-to-clean-air-2018/" target="_blank" title="Access Routes to Clean Air website">here</a>.</p> <p>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.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180918_Routes_to_clean_air.png" width="365" height="125"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=285#news285 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Summer 2018 editions of ADMS Model Newsletters now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=284#news284 <p>Catch up on ADMS model news in the Summer 2018 editions of <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_newsletters/CERC_ADMS5_News_2018_Summer.pdf" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">ADMS 5 & ADMS-Screen News</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_newsletters/CERC_Urban_Roads_News_2018_Summer.pdf" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads News</a> 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 <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/newsletters.html" title="Go to Newsletter page">here</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=284#news284 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link results published for London http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=283#news283 <p>&#39;<em><a href="https://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/18/11221/2018/acp-18-11221-2018.html" title="Access article online" target="_blank">Air quality simulations for London using a coupled regional-to-local modelling system</a></em>&#39; has been published in the open access journal <a href="https://www.atmospheric-chemistry-and-physics.net/index.html" title="Access Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Journal website" target="_blank">Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics</a> with authors from <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>, the <a href="https://www.ed.ac.uk/" title="Access University of Edinburgh website" target="_blank">University of Edinburgh</a> and the <a href="https://www.ceh.ac.uk/" title="Access Centre for Ecology and Hydrology website" target="_blank">Centre for Ecology and Hydrology</a>. The paper describes coupled regional-to-local modelling using the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/RML" title="Go to RML page">ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link</a> system, alongside results from the underlying <a href="http://www.emep4uk.ceh.ac.uk/" title="Access EMEP4UK website" target="_blank">EMEP4UK</a> (regional) and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> (local) models. Modelled concentrations of NO<sub>x</sub>, NO<sub>2</sub>, O<sub>3</sub>, PM<sub>10</sub>, PM<sub>2.5</sub> and CO are compared against measurements from 2012 at <a href="https://www.londonair.org.uk/LondonAir/Default.aspx" title="Access LAQN website" target="_blank">LAQN</a> 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 NO<sub>x</sub> and PM emissions to reflect real-world conditions, using stand-alone ADMS-Urban modelling.</p> <p>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 NO<sub>2</sub> and PM<sub>2.5</sub> annual average air quality standards. This research was part of the <a href="https://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/rdoherty/CureAir.html" title="Access CureAir website" target=_blank">CureAir</a> project, funded by <a href="https://nerc.ukri.org/" title="Access NERC website" target="_blank">NERC</a>.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180815_London_RML.png" width="355" height="445"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=283#news283 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Thurrock joins the airTEXT forecasting service http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=282#news282 <p>We are delighted to welcome <a href="https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/" title="Access Thurrock Council website" target="_blank">Thurrock Council</a> to the <a href="http://www.airtext.info/" title="Go to airTEXT website" target="_blank"><em>air</em>TEXT</a> air quality and health forecasting service. Thurrock residents can now <a href="http://airtext.info/signup" title="Go to airTEXT website" target="_blank">sign up</a> for free air quality alerts by SMS text message, email, voicemail, and Twitter. The forecasts are also available on a free phone app for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cerc.airtext" title="Access Google app website" target="_blank">Android</a>.</p> <p>CERC and the Council have worked together to extend the <em>air</em>TEXT service to the council area. <em>air</em>TEXT provides three-day forecasts of NO<sub>2</sub>, PM<sub>10</sub>, PM<sub>2.5</sub> and ozone at street-scale resolution using CERC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> modelling system. For more information on <em>air</em>TEXT, ADMS-Urban or forecasting services please <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/contact-us.html" title="Go to Contact us page">contact CERC</a>.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180802_Thurrock_airTEXT.png" width="480" height="361"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=282#news282 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Air quality modelling to support Runnymede&#39;s Local Plan http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=281#news281 <p><a href="https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/" title="Access Runnymede Borough Council website" target="_blank">Runnymede Borough Council</a> is preparing a Local Plan to guide development in Runnymede in Surrey, south west of London. The <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/consultancy" title="Go to Consultancy page">CERC Consultancy</a> team carried out air dispersion modelling using <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> to identify the baseline air quality profile across the area and to assess air quality for future scenarios (2030 and 2036), with and without developments associated with the Local Plan in place.</p> <p>The main source of air pollution in Runnymede is road traffic emissions. The Council has declared two Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) due to annual average NO<sub>2</sub> concentrations exceeding the Air Quality Objective: along the M25 and in Addlestone town centre.</p> <p>Modelling for the base year, 2015, showed exceedences of the annual average NO<sub>2</sub> Air Quality Objective (AQO) along the M25 and at building fa&ccedil;ades in Chertsey. In the modelled future scenarios, no exceedences of the AQOs were calculated. This reflects the expected large reduction in NO<sub>2</sub> concentrations due to improvements in engine technology, which lead to a fall in traffic exhaust emissions.</p> <p>The health impact of air quality on health in Runnymede was assessed by calculating the number of attributable deaths and corresponding life-years lost due to concentrations of PM<sub>2.5</sub> and NO<sub>2</sub>. The difference in life years lost with and without the Local Plan in place was very small, reflecting the low concentrations predicted across the Borough.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180709_Runnymede1.jpg" width="332" height="349"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180709_Runnymede2.jpg" width="486" height="344"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=281#news281 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT Registration is now open for the ADMS User Group Meetings, 7-8 November 2018, Edinburgh http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=280#news280 <p>You can <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-group-meetings.php" title="Go to UGM page">register now</a> for the 2018 User Group Meetings, which will be held in Edinburgh on 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> November.</p> <ul><li>ADMS 5 User Group Meeting: 7<sup>th</sup> November</li> <li>ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads User Group Meeting: 8<sup>th</sup> November</li></ul> <p>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 one or more delegate places free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Please <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/contact-us.html" title="Go to Contact us page">contact CERC</a> if there is a topic you would like to be covered at one of the meetings or if you would like to give a &#39;user view&#39; presentation. More details will be published later in the year. Registration will remain open until 29<sup>th</sup> October 2018.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=280#news280 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT &#145;Hyperlocal&#146; air mapping in London with smart sensors and Google Street View cars http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=279#news279 <p>The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and C40 &#45; a network of cities committed to bold action on climate change &#45; have launched a <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180621_HyperLocal_Pilot_press_release.pdf" target="_blank" >cutting-edge new project</a> to better understand Londoners&apos; exposure to air pollution around the city. Sensors measuring harmful pollution in tens of thousands of locations will be combined with air quality modelling to produce hyperlocal air quality mapping.</p> <p>From July, new fixed and mobile sensors will be rolled out across London&apos;s streets. 100 fixed sensors will be fitted to lampposts and buildings in the worst affected areas and sensitive locations, and two dedicated Google Street View cars will be driving across the city, mapping air pollution at an unprecedented level of detail. CERC&apos;s renowned <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMSUrban" target="_blank" >ADMS-Urban model</a> will be used together with the sensor data to generate hyper-local air quality mapping both for nowcasts and forecasts, and for policy studies.</p> <p>The project will be run by a team of air quality experts led by the charity Environmental Defense Fund Europe, in partnership with Air Monitors Ltd., Google Earth Outreach, CERC, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory, and the Environmental Defense Fund team in the United States. The <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180621_HyperLocal_Pilot_press_release.pdf" target="_blank" >press release</a> gives more information on the project.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=279#news279 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Clean Air Day - 21st June http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=278#news278 <p>On Clean Air Day on 21<sup>st</sup> June organisations across the UK will be taking part in initiatives to highlight the effect that breathing polluted air has on our health and to promote cleaner and healthier ways of getting around. We will be doing our bit on Clean Air Day to make Cambridge air cleaner - 81% of CERC staff will be cycling or walking to work and 19% will be using public transport to get to work. To find out more about Clean Air Day events in your area, go to <a href="http://www.cleanairday.org.uk" title="Access Clean Air Day website" target="_blank">www.cleanairday.org.uk</a>, or tweet @cleanairdayuk #CleanAirDay to join in the conversation.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180620_cleanairday.jpg" width="300" height="150"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=278#news278 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Assessment of the FAIRMODE air quality model benchmarking methodology http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=276#news276 <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> are co-authors in a recent publication which analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the FAIRMODE benchmarking approach of European-wide, regional and urban scale air quality model applications.</p> <p>The &#39;Forum for air quality modelling in Europe&#39; (<a href="http://fairmode.jrc.ec.europa.eu/" title="Access FAIRMODE website" target="_blank">FAIRMODE</a>) is an EU initiative created in 2007 to bring together air quality modellers and users to promote and support the harmonised use of models across the EU, with emphasis on model application under the European Air Quality Directive.</p> <p>Dr Jenny Stocker from CERC has attended the FAIRMODE Technical Meetings since 2011, primarily contributing to the <a href="http://fairmode.jrc.ec.europa.eu/wg1.html" title="Access FAIRMODE website" target="_blank">Assessment Working Group</a>. A procedure for benchmarking and evaluating EU Air Quality Directive (AQD) modelling applications has been developed within the FAIRMODE framework, leading to free software known as <a href="http://aqm.jrc.ec.europa.eu/DELTA/" title="Access DELTA Tool website" target="_blank">The DELTA Tool</a>. Jenny has co-authored the publication: &#39;<a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-018-0554-8" title="Access article online" target="_blank">Strengths and weaknesses of the FAIRMODE benchmarking methodology for the evaluation of air quality models</a>&#39;, which includes a SWOT analysis of the methodology based on feedback from users of the tool.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=276#news276 Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT ADMS-Urban RML to be used to model Delhi air quality http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=275#news275 <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> are partners in the &#39;Process analysis, observations and modelling - Integrated solutions for cleaner air for Delhi&#39; (<a href="http://www.urbanair-india.org/promote" title="Access Urbanair-India website" target="_blank">PROMOTE</a>) project, collaborating with six UK universities and five Indian research institutes. This project will investigate the interactions between meteorological processes such as winter fog events and poor air quality, as well as the relative importance of local and regional pollutant emissions and possible mitigation approaches. It is part of the wider <a href="http://www.urbanair-india.org/" title="Access Urbanair-India website" target="_blank">Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in an Indian Megacity</a> programme, jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Newton-Bhabha Fund, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the Ministry of Science and Technology Department of Biotechnology.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a> will be used to model street-scale air quality in Delhi during the PROMOTE project. It will be coupled to the regional <a href="https://ruc.noaa.gov/wrf/wrf-chem/" title="Access WRF-Chem website" target="_blank">WRF-Chem</a> and <a href="https://www.cmascenter.org/cmaq/" title="Access CMAQ website" target="_blank">CMAQ</a> models using the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/RML" title="Go to ADMS-Urban RML page">ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link</a> (RML) system in order to investigate the interactions of regional and local effects. Preliminary un-coupled ADMS-Urban modelling results were presented at the project science meeting on 24<sup>th</sup> April 2018. The project <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180430_PROMOTE_brochure.pdf" target="_blank" title="View image">brochure</a> gives more information about the full aims of the project and activities of other project partners.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180430_DelhiTraffic.png" width="270" height="225"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180430_DelhiAirLogo.png" width="270" height="225"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=275#news275 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT