CERC news http://www.cerc.co.uk CERC news en-us 2019 Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT CERC supporting environmental research at University College London http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=316#news316 <p>This summer, four University College London (UCL) MSc students have been using <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> in very different ways for their dissertation projects.</p> <p>Jingyan Wang and Jinwei Xu are using the <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_techspec/P28_02.pdf" title="Access linked document">advanced street canyon</a> option in ADMS-Urban to model air flow and pollutant dispersion within a street canyon in Nicosia, Cyprus, validating against an earlier <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878029611000302" target="_blank" title="Access article online">field campaign</a> measuring wind flow and pollutant concentrations. Jingyan is evaluating the in-canyon pollutant concentrations, whilst Jinwei is comparing the flow regimes observed in the associated <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231017304168" target="_blank" title="Access article online">water flume laboratory experiments</a> with the ADMS-Urban <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_techspec/P28_02.pdf" title="Access linked document">in-canyon flow field definition</a>.</p> <p>Xinning Zhang and Carlos Mestre are using the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/urban-heat-island.html" title="Go to Urban Heat Island page">Temperature and Humidity model</a>, looking at urban heat island impacts on different spatial scales. Xinning has configured <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_userguides/CERC_ADMS-Urban_Temperature_and_Humidity_User_Guide.pdf" title="Access linked document">ADMS-Urban</a> to calculate local temperature variations within Kampung Baru, an area of traditional timber housing in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Model predictions of different scenarios are being used to investigate the impact of building morphology and material on the tropical climate (see example modelled temperatures in the image to the right). Carlos is modelling Rotterdam&#39;s Urban Heat Island in order to understand the influence of urban geometry. He has analysed the model predictions associated with high-temperature episodes in terms of geometric and aerodynamic properties of the city to allow quantification of the influence of geometry on the spatial variation of temperature within urban areas. Carlos has developed a <a href="http://www.mestredelpino.es/" title="Access Carlos Mestre's website" target="_blank">website</a> which presents his dissertation results.</p> <p>Jingyan and Jinwei are working with <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/epicentre/people/liora-malki-epshtein" target="_blank" title="Access Dr. Malki-Epshtein's website">Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein</a> from the <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/civil-environmental-geomatic-engineering/" target="_blank" title="Access UCL Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering website">Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering</a>. Xinning is working with <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/civil-environmental-geomatic-engineering/people/dr-kai-wang" target="_blank" title="Access Dr Wang's website">Dr Kai Wang</a> from the same department &#8212; the work being linked to the <a href="https://www.britishcouncil.my/programmes/newton-ungku-omar-fund" target="_blank" title="Access British Council website">Newton-Ungku Omar</a> funded project &#39;<a href="http://ancst.org/nuof/" target="_blank" title="Access Disaster Resilient Cities website">Disaster Resilient Cities</a>&#39;, which we have previously reported on. Carlos is working with <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/casa/prof-michael-batty" target="_blank" title="Access Professor Batty's website">Professor Mike Batty</a> at <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/" target="_blank" title="Access UCL Bartlett School website">The Bartlett</a>.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190830_UCL_TandH.png" width="345" height="338"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=316#news316 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT Highways England fund feasibility study for modelling elevated roads with ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=315#news315 <p>We are delighted that <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england" title="Access Highways England website" target="_blank">Highways England</a> has <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/highways-england-unveils-successful-air-quality-and-innovation-competition-entries" title="Access Gov UK website" target="_blank">funded</a> our proposal &#34;Feasibility of tool to assess air quality impacts of elevated roads within the Strategic Road Network (SRN)&#34;.</p> <p>Populations are most exposed to pollution from the SRN in urban areas where the road geometry often includes complex features to improve traffic flow at junctions, such as flyovers and underpasses. There is therefore an urgent need to understand the detailed local air quality impacts of these road features on neighbouring communities.</p> <p>For this 2-month project, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>&#39;s scientific experts will examine and assess different methodologies for improving the modelling of pollutant dispersion in the vicinity of elevated roads and bridges, to assess the feasibility of developing a new sub-model for <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/ADMS-Roads-model.html" title="Go to ADMS-Roads page">ADMS-Roads</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/ADMS-Urban-model.html" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a>. Any such model developments would benefit the whole community interested in developing air quality mitigation measures in urban areas, including Highways England and local authority planners.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=315#news315 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT Smart Cities: Hong Kong launch a personalised exposure app http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=313#news313 <p>Another significant milestone in the <a href="http://praise.ust.hk/" title="Access PRAISE-HK website" target="_blank">PRAISE-HK</a> project has been reached with the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcRGaXdSR2o" title="Access Youtube website" target="_blank">launch</a> in Hong Kong of a real-time personalised <a href="http://praise.ust.hk/index.php/about-praise/#app-instruction" title="Access PRAISE-HK website" target="_blank">exposure app</a> for mobile devices. <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>&#39;s technical director, Dr David Carruthers, attended the launch along with representatives from the other partners in this 5-year <a href="http://praise.ust.hk/index.php/tag/brochure/" title="Access PRAISE-HK website" target="_blank">project</a> to provide Hong Kong citizens with accurate real time and forecast pollution information.</p> <p>This <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/SmartCities" title="Go to Smart Cities page">smart city</a> initiative started in 2017, and CERC have been working closely with the <a href="http://www.ust.hk/" title="Access HK Uni of Sci and Tech website" target="_blank">Hong Kong University of Science and Technology</a> to integrate a Linux version of CERC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> high-resolution air quality model in combination with the CMAQ regional model and WRF meteorological data using our <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/RML" title="Go to RML page">Regional Model Link</a>. The result is a highly detailed street-level pollution map, an example of which can be seen in the app image opposite.</p> <p>The project&#39;s next phase will be to extend the system to include indoor air quality and personalised health recommendations.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190801_Praise-HK_app.jpg" width="220" height="430"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=313#news313 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT Mayor publishes first data from world-leading air quality sensor network in London http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=312#news312 <p>The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed new data showing some of London&#39;s most polluted streets as his Breathe London sensor network gives a fresh insight into the capital&#39;s air quality issues. More than 100 fixed sensors were placed in locations across the capital and found elevated levels of pollution not only in central London but also outer boroughs such as Barking, Kingston and Hillingdon.</p> <p>A data platform developed by <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> provides the data, maps and visualisations for the <a href="https://www.breathelondon.org/" title="Access Breathe London website" target="_blank">Breathe London website</a>. The platform is based on the Google Cloud, which enables user-friendly performance when querying these large datasets to provide graphs and visualisations, and ensures the replicability and scalability of the platform to other cities around the world. The platform is capable of ingesting data automatically from Breathe London&#39;s AQMesh sensors and also other monitor networks such as the London Air Quality Network.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190724_Breathe_London.png" width="320" height="193"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=312#news312 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Modelling urban heat islands in Kuala Lumpur http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=311#news311 <p>Over half of the world&#39;s population reside in urban areas, particularly in Asian countries and its percentage continues to increase. Megacities bring their own unique problems, especially in relation to air pollution and land-use change and its impact on weather and climate, urban flooding and water availability.</p> <p>A conference co-organised by <a href="https://www.cityu.edu.hk/" title="Access City University of Hong Kong website" target="_blank">City University of Hong Kong</a>, <a href="https://www.ust.hk/home" title="Access Hong Kong University of Science and Technology website" target="_blank">Hong Kong University of Science and Technology</a> and the <a href="http://ancst.org/" title="Access Asian Network for Climate Science and Technology" target="_blank">Asian Network for Climate Science and Technology</a> was held in May 2017 to discuss research on urban meteorology and climate in growing Asian cities. Following on from that conference, the journal <a href="https://geoscienceletters.springeropen.com/" title="Access Geoscience Letters website" target="_blank">Geoscience Letters</a> has been publishing related papers in the &#39;<a href="https://www.springeropen.com/collections/aumc" title="Access linked article" target="_blank">Thematic Collection in Geoscience Letters: Asian Urban Meteorology and Climate</a>&#39;.</p> <p>The latest of these publications, &#39;<a href="https://geoscienceletters.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40562-019-0134-2" title="Access linked article" target="_blank">Urban heat island modelling of a tropical city: case of Kuala Lumpur</a>&#39;, was co-authored by <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>. It presents evaluation and results of an application of the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/urban-heat-island.html" title="Go to Urban Heat Island page">ADMS-Urban Temperature and Humidity</a> model for the city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The study relates to work undertaken as part of the <a href="https://www.britishcouncil.my/programmes/newton-ungku-omar-fund" title="Access British Council website" target="_blank">Newton-Ungku Omar</a> funded project &#39;<a href="http://ancst.org/nuof/" title="Access Asian Network for Climate Science and Technology website" target="_blank">Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes & Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur</a>&#39;; project partners include <a href="http://www.ukm.my/" title="Access University Kebangsaan Malaysia website" target="_blank">University Kebangsaan Malaysia</a>, <a href="http://www.met.gov.my/" title="Access Malaysian Meteorological Department website" target="_blank">Malaysian Meteorological Department</a>, <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/" title="Access University College London website" target="_blank">University College London</a> and the <a href="https://www.cam.ac.uk/" title="Access University of Cambridge website" target="_blank">University of Cambridge</a>.</p> <p>The figure shows (a) ADMS-Urban modelled air temperatures at 3 m above ground (12:00 noon) and (b) derived Land Surface Temperature LST (11:27 a.m.) for Greater Kuala Lumpur; blanks are areas with derived LSTs lower than 15 &#176;C due to cloud cover. The figure demonstrates that the modelled air temperatures correlate with the LSTs.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190715_heat_island_Kuala_Lumpur.jpg" width="480" height="240"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=311#news311 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Irish EPA assesses NO<sub>2</sub> in Dublin using ADMS-Urban http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=310#news310 <p>The Irish Environmental Protection Agency has <a href="http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/air/quality/Urban_Environmental_Indicators_2019.pdf" title="Access Irish EPA website" target="_blank">published</a> new evidence on NO<sub>2</sub> levels in Dublin. The report has been widely covered including by <a href="https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/dublin-air-pollution-breaching-eu-limits-epa-warns-1.3950575" title="Access The Irish Times website" target="_blank">The Irish Times</a> and <a href="https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0708/1060952-nitrogen-oxide/" title="Access RTE website" target="_blank">RTE</a>.</p> <p>The EPA report draws on a <a href="http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/air/quality/Technical_report_NO2_modelling_Dublin.pdf" title="Access Irish EPA website" target="_blank">modelling study</a> carried out by <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> using <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a>. CERC used traffic data provided by Dublin City Council, and emissions data from the EPA and the <a href="http://projects.au.dk/mapeire/" title="Access MapElre website" target="_blank">MapElre</a> project. LIDAR height data was analysed to derive building parameters for the ADMS-Urban advanced street canyon module. Modelled concentrations were compared with measurements from continuous monitors and a <a href="http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/air/quality/Technical_report_NO2_diffusion_tubes_Dublin.pdf" title="Access Irish EPA website" target="_blank">diffusion tube study</a>; overall, the model performed well.</p> <p>The report identifies areas likely to breach the EU 40&mu;g/m<sup>3</sup> limit value for annual average NO<sub>2</sub> concentrations: several streets in the city centre, the M50 motorway and the area around the entrances to the Dublin Port Tunnel.</p> <p>The EPA is using both of the studies to help expand the national monitoring network as part of the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme 2017-2022. If further monitoring confirms exceedences of the EU limit value, the local authorities will be required to produce an Air Quality Action Plan.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190712_Dublin_NO2.jpg" width="475" height="345"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=310#news310 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT CERC at IEMA World Environment Day Event in Manchester: &#39;Fighting Air Pollution on a Local Level&#39; http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=309#news309 <p>On 4<sup>th</sup> June, Amy Stidworthy from CERC was pleased to be invited to speak at an IEMA event that was held in Manchester to mark World Environment Day, with the focus on research trends around air pollution and what is happening locally in Manchester to address this ongoing issue. Amy spoke about the <a href="https://cleanairgm.com/air-quality-data/forecast-and-alerts" title="Access Clean Air Greater Manchester website" target="_blank">air quality forecasting and alert service for Manchester</a> that CERC provides for Transport for Greater Manchester using <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMSUrban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a>; you can see Amy&#39;s presentation <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_presentations/CERC_2019_IEMA_ManchesterForecasting.pdf" title="Access linked document">here</a>. You can access all the presentations from the event on the IEMA website <a href="https://www.iema.net/event-reports/2019/06/06/world-environment-day-event-fighting-air-pollution-on-a-local-level/" title="Access IEMA website" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=309#news309 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT EFT 9.0 for ADMS-Roads, ADMS-Urban &amp; ADMS-Airport 4.1.1 http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=308#news308 <p>The UK Department for Environment, Food &amp; Rural Affairs and the Devolved Administrations released version 9.0 of the <a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/review-and-assessment/tools/emissions-factors-toolkit.html" title="Access Defra website" target="_blank">Emissions Factors Toolkit</a> (EFT) in May 2019. Details of the updates in this new version are given on page 5 of the EFT user guide.</p> <p><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> incorporate the EFT emission factors so that emission rates can be calculated from available traffic and speed data. CERC have compiled an update to add the EFT version 9.0 emissions factors to version 4.1.1. This update is available for download from the CERC <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-area.php" title="Go to User Area page">User Area</a>.</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=308#news308 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Registration is now open for the ADMS User Group Meetings, 13-14 November 2019, Oxford http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=307#news307 <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 2019 User Group Meetings, which will be held in Oxford on 13<sup>th</sup> and 14<sup>th</sup> November.</p> <ul><li>ADMS 5 User Group Meeting: 13<sup>th</sup> November</li> <li>ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads User Group Meeting: 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. Organisations 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 31<sup>st</sup> October 2019.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=307#news307 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Predicting disruptive wind shear at Hong Kong Airport using FLOWSTAR http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=306#news306 <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> and <a href="https://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm" title="Access HKO website" target="_blank">Hong Kong Observatory</a> continue to work towards developing a new system for real-time prediction of wind speed and direction for Hong Kong Airport.</p> <p>Where airports are located adjacent to hilly terrain, flights are periodically disrupted by turbulent air flow. The meteorological conditions experienced by pilots landing at Hong Kong International Airport on the island of Chek Lap Kok are affected by the nearby Lantau Island&#39;s extensive mountainous terrain. Various attempts have been made to forecast weather conditions at a resolution that could assist decision-making. However, regional models fail to resolve such small-scale events, and super high resolution numerical weather prediction models need too much configuration for a near real-time system.</p> <p>Recent results <a href="https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/met.1751" title="Access article online" target="_blank">published</a> in the <a href="https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/" title="Access Royal Meteorological Society website" target="_blank">Royal Meteorological Society&#39;s</a> &#39;Meteorological Applications&#39; journal show how CERC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/FLOWSTAR" title="Go to FLOWSTAR model page">FLOWSTAR</a> model predicts the strong wind shear associated with flow structures such as rotors. An advantage of FLOWSTAR is that multiple possible solutions may be calculated quickly to account for uncertainty in model input.</p> <p><a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190516_ HK_Airport1_large.jpg" title="Access picture">Figure 1</a> shows cross-sections of the modelled flow along the red ESE line shown in <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190516_ HK_Airport2_large.jpg" title="Access picture">Figure 2</a>, which itself shows the horizontal wind flow at a height of 100 m above terrain in the vicinity of the airport and Lantau Island; the prevailing wind is easterly.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190516_ HK_Airport1_small.jpg" width="480" height="466"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20190516_ HK_Airport2_small.jpg" width="480" height="212"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=306#news306 Tue, 28 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