CERC news http://www.cerc.co.uk CERC news en-us 2019 Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT Spring 2019 editions of ADMS Model Newsletters now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=305#news305 <p>Catch up on ADMS model news in the Spring 2019 editions of <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_newsletters/CERC_ADMS5_News_2019_Spring.pdf" title="Access linked document">ADMS 5 & ADMS-Screen News</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_newsletters/CERC_Urban_Roads_News_2019_Spring.pdf" title="Access linked document">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 Newsletters page">here</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=305#news305 Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT EFT 9.0 in ADMS-Roads and ADMS-Urban http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=304#news304 <p>The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Devolved Administrations have released version 9.0 of the <a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/review-and-assessment/tools/emissions-factors-toolkit.html" title="Access LAQM website" target="_blank">Emissions Factors Toolkit</a> (EFT). Details of the updates in this new version are given on page 5 of the EFT user guide.</p> <p>We are currently incorporating the new data into <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Roads" title="Go to ADMS-Roads page">ADMS-Roads</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Airport" title="Go to ADMS-Airport page">ADMS-Airport</a>. We anticipate releasing a patch to version 4.1 of these models in June, which will allow use of EFT 9.0 emissions factors.</p> <p>The new version of EFT includes the effect of loading and gradients on Heavy Duty Vehicles. These features will be made available in version 5, which will be released later this summer.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=304#news304 Mon, 13 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT 2019 ADMS User Group Meetings to be held in Oxford, 13-14 November http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=303#news303 <p>We are pleased to announce that the 2019 User Group Meetings will be held at <a href="http://www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk/conferences-bb/facilities" title="Access St Anne's College website" target="_blank">St Anne&#39;s College</a>, Oxford on the 13<sup>th</sup> and 14<sup>th</sup> of November.</p> <ul><li>ADMS 5 User Group Meeting: Wednesday 13<sup>th</sup> November</li> <li>ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads User Group Meeting: Thursday 14<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 a number of free or reduced-rate delegate places depending on the type of licence held. Please <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/enquiries.html" title="Go to Enquiries 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 open online in the summer.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=303#news303 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT London air quality: modelling Brent&#39;s proposed new Energy Centre http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=302#news302 <p>The <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/consultancy" title="Go to Consultancy page">consultancy</a> team investigated the air quality impact of a proposed Energy Centre, comprising boiler and CHP plant, in the London Borough of Brent.</p> <p>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 (PM<sub>10</sub>) and annual average NO<sub>2</sub> concentrations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS5" title="Go to ADMS 5 page">ADMS 5</a> was used to carry out dispersion modelling of emissions of nitrogen oxides from the flues. Concentrations of NO<sub>2</sub> were calculated on a high-resolution grid centred on the Energy Centre, as well as at the facades of the nearby apartment buildings.</p> <p>The Environmental Protection UK and Institute of Air Quality Management&#39;s <a href="http://www.iaqm.co.uk/text/guidance/air-quality-planning-guidance.pdf" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">Land Use Planning & Development Control: Planning for Air Quality</a> 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.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190410_Brent_Energy_Centre.jpg" width="480" height="340"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=302#news302 Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Air Pollution Monitoring and Early Warning Platform for Guangdong http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=301#news301 <p>China&#39;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.</p> <p>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 <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> 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.</p> <p>This 24 month project is led by <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> and <a href="http://www.fytri.cn/index.php/Home/Page/index/id/43/l/en" title="Access FYTRI Research Institute website" target="_blank">Guangzhou HKUST FYTRI Research Institute</a>, 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.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190320_Guangdong.jpg" width="335" height="165"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=301#news301 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT CERC at the Hounslow Air Quality Summit 26 Feb 2019 http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=300#news300 <p><a href="http://cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC Homepage">CERC</a> were pleased to be invited to attend the first <a href="https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20006/environment/1515/air_quality_pollution_and_aviation_noise" target="_blank" title="Access London Borough of Hounslow website">Hounslow Air Quality Summit</a>, 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 <a href="http://airtext.info/" title="Access airTEXT website" target="_blank"><em>air</em>TEXT</a>, a free service providing air quality forecasts and alerts across Greater London.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190228_Hounslow_AQ_Summit.jpg" width="240" height="320"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=300#news300 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT ADMS-Urban providing air quality forecasts for Manchester http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=299#news299 <p>We are delighted to announce that Manchester (UK) residents can now <a href="https://cleanairgm.com/air-quality-data/forecast-and-alerts" title="Access Clean Air Greater Manchester website" target="_blank">sign up</a> 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> and <a href="https://cleanairgm.com/about-us" title="Access Clean Air Great Manchester website" target="_blank">Clean Air Greater Manchester</a> are providing 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. This builds on the detailed modelling work for Greater Manchester&#39;s Clean Air Plan, as we <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=290#news290" title="Go to CERC News">reported recently</a>. For more information on 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/CERC20190222_Greater_Manchester_forecasting.jpg" width="320" height="257"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=299#news299 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT CERC at the Bahrain-UK Bilateral Air Quality Forum 6-7 Feb 2019 http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=298#news298 <p>CERC was very pleased to be invited to participate in the Bahrain-UK Bilateral Air Quality Forum alongside leading academics and experts on air pollution from British universities and research institutes. The 2-day event, held at the University of Bahrain on 6 and 7 February 2019, was organised by the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/uk-science-innovation-network-in-bahrain" title="Access UK Sci and Innovation Network website" target="_blank">UK Science and Innovation Network</a> and the <a href="https://www.britishcouncil.bh/en" title="Access British Council website" target="_blank">British Council</a> in partnership with the <a href="http://www.uob.edu.bh/en/" title="Access University of Bahrain website" target="_blank">University of Bahrain</a> and the <a href="http://www.sce.gov.bh/en/" title="Access Bahrain Supreme Council for the Environment" target="_blank">Bahrain Supreme Council for the Environment</a>, with the objectives of developing an understanding of why air quality is important to Bahrain and of building relationships between UK and Bahrain institutions for future collaborations in air quality policy, research and development. Amy Stidworthy from CERC gave a <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_presentations/CERC_2019_UK_Bilateral_Air_Quality_Forum.pdf" title="Access linked doucment">presentation</a> on how CERC&#39;s models can be used to assess baseline air quality and develop mitigation strategies.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190220_UK_Bilateral_Air_Quality_Forum.jpg" width="320" height="240"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=298#news298 Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Mayor launches 'hyperlocal' air mapping in London with smart sensors and Google Street View cars http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=296#news296 <p>On 15 January the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched the world's most advanced and comprehensive network of air quality monitors. David Carruthers represented <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Access CERC website" target="_blank">CERC</a> at the launch.</p> <p><a href="https://www.breathelondon.org/" title="Access Breathe London website" target="_blank">Breathe London</a> is a consortium led by the Environmental Defense Fund, including CERC, Air Monitors, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory and Google Earth Outreach, who have equipped two of their iconic Street View cars with air quality sensors. These will take pollution readings approximately every 30 metres at tens of thousands of locations whilst they travel through London's streets, building up a picture of London's air quality over the course of a year and identifying areas of poor air quality that the network of fixed monitors might miss. Meanwhile, 100 state-of-the-art fixed sensor pods will be mounted on lampposts and buildings close to known air quality hotspots and sensitive locations such as schools and nurseries.</p> <p>The data these monitors collect from across the capital will provide an unprecedented level of detail about London's air quality and deliver new insight into the sources of pollution. CERC's renowned <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/urban" title="Access ADMS-Urban website" 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. The data generated by this new network will be available for the public to view on an interactive online <a href="https://www.breathelondon.org/map/" title="Access Breathe London map" target="_blank">map</a> built by CERC on the Breathe London website. The map will show Londoners the condition of the air they are currently breathing.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190118_breathelondonone.jpeg" width="320" height="217"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190118_breathelondontwo.jpeg" width="320" height="213"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=296#news296 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Disaster Resilient Cities: CERC Workshop and Training in Kuala Lumpur http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=295#news295 <p>In December 2018, Dr Jenny Stocker and Mr Steve Smith from <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> presented at the &#39;Emissions Inventory and Air Quality Modelling Workshop&#39; at the <a href="http://www.ukm.my" title="Access Universiti Kabangsaan Malaysia website" target="_blank">Universiti Kabangsaan Malaysia</a> (UKM) as part of the <a href="https://www.britishcouncil.my/programmes/newton-ungku-omar-fund" title="Access Newton-Ungku Omar fund website" target="_blank">Newton-Ungku Omar</a> funded project &#39;<a href="http://ancst.org/nuof/" title="Access Disaster Resilient Cities website" target="_blank">Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes & Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur</a>&#39;. This project, now in its third year, looks at forecasting physical hazards from flash floods to landslides, urban heat extremes to local air pollution. At the workshop, Jenny talked about the requirements for detailed air quality modelling in the region, and Steve spoke about emissions inventories. ADMS-Urban modelling results for Kuala Lumpur were presented by Nor Hafizah Baharudin, a UKM PhD student working with <a href="http://www.ukm.my/talib/" title="Access Professor Mohd Talib Latif website" target="_blank">Professor Mohd Talib Latif</a>. Project stakeholders attended the workshop, including representatives from the Malaysian Department of the Environment.</p> <p>On the following day, Steve led an <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/urban-heat-island.html" title="Go to ADMS-Urban T+H page">ADMS-Urban Temperature and Humidity</a> training course, attended by 7 delegates from UKM.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190117_Kuala_Lumpur_training1.jpg" width="320" height="240"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190117_Kuala_Lumpur_training2.jpg" width="320" height="270"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=295#news295 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT C40 promoting climate action for healthier city living http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=294#news294 <p>With urban areas expected to accommodate two thirds of the world&#39;s population by 2050, radical action is needed to change the way we run our cities say <a href="https://www.c40.org/" title="Access C40 website" target="_blank">C40</a>, a network of cities committed to climate action.</p> <p>The new <a href="https://c40-production-images.s3.amazonaws.com/other_uploads/images/2022_TOWARD_A_HEALTHIER_WORLD.original.pdf?1543934003" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">research findings</a>, produced in collaboration with <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>, <a href="https://www.burohappold.com/" title="Access Buro Happold website" target="_blank">BuroHappold</a> and <a href="https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/" title="Access LSHTM website" target="_blank">LSHTM</a>, show that if C40&#39;s 96 member cities take the ambitious actions outlined in the report they could see an 87% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 49% reduction in PM<sub>2.5</sub> levels, 223,000 premature deaths averted and up to &#36;583 billion in economic benefit.</p> <p>Within the city environment, buildings and road traffic together contribute more than 75% of greenhouse gas emissions and 50% of PM<sub>2.5</sub> concentrations. The report details ways to target the biggest polluters and thus tackle climate change and urban air pollution together, using specific case studies of actions taken in cities around the world.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=294#news294 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT 2018 ADMS User Group Meetings &mdash; presentations are available to download http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=293#news293 <p>Following this year&#39;s ADMS User Group Meetings, which took place in Edinburgh on 7-8 November, electronic copies of the presentations are now available to <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/user-area/usergrouppresentations.html" title="Go to User Area presentation download page">download</a> from the CERC website User Area. Model users with a valid support contract, including all annual licence holders, are entitled to register for password-protected access to the User Area. To register, or to be reminded of your password, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-area.php" title="Go to User Area page">click here</a>.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20181204_UGM.jpg" width="320" height="240"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=293#news293 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT ADMS 5.2.4 patch released http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=292#news292 <p>There is a new version of <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS" title="Go to ADMS 5 page">ADMS 5</a> available, which is a minor update to version 5.2. The new release includes the latest versions of AERMOD (18081), AERMAP (18081) and AERMET (18081) as released by the US-EPA. View the <a href="https://cerc.sharefile.com/share/view/s9562f747b994f4f9" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">readme</a> document for further details about the update. Current users should login to the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/UserArea" title="Go to User area page">User Area</a> to download the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/user-area/downloads.html" title="Go to Download page">patch</a>. This patch can be applied to ADMS 5.2, 5.2.1 or 5.2.2.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=292#news292 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Training the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=291#news291 <p>In October CERC expert consultants spent two weeks in Zagreb (Croatia) training six specialists from the <a href="http://meteo.hr/o_nama_e.php" title="Access DHMZ website" target="_blank">Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service</a> (DHMZ) in the use of CERC&#39;s air quality software.</p> <p>During the first week the focus was on urban and regional modelling, using CERC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a>. CERC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/EMIT" title="Go to EMIT page">EMIT</a> was also introduced as a comprehensive tool for collating and editing data for use in ADMS-Urban. The delegates from the DHMZ had experience of regional modelling and were interested in using CERC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/RML" title="Go to Regional Model Link page">Regional Model Link</a> to &#39;nest&#39; the high-resolution ADMS-Urban model in a regional domain, for instance in and around the city of Zagreb.</p> <p>The team at DHMZ were also interested in industrial and puff modelling. Hence, some time was spent learning about <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/adms" title="Go to ADMS 5 page">ADMS 5</a> and its applications, such as how to carry out an industrial study. <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/admspuff" title="Go to ADMS-Puff page">ADMS-Puff</a> was introduced as a tool to model finite duration releases.</p> <p>This dedicated two-week training visit was a highly productive opportunity to present several CERC air quality models together, modelling at different scales on a local, urban and regional basis. If you are interested in CERC&#39;s training courses please visit <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/training" title="Go to training page">our website</a> or <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/contact" title="Go to contact us page">contact us</a>.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20181120_Croatia_training.jpg" width="300" height="306"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=291#news291 Tue, 20 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