CERC news http://www.cerc.co.uk CERC news en-us 2021 Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.Fri, 11 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT Highways England sponsor ADMS-Roads elevated roads development http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=348#news348 <p>CERC have enhanced <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/adms-roads" title="Go to ADMS-Roads model page">ADMS-Roads</a> to address the air pollution from elevated roads within the Highways England <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/roads-managed-by-highways-england" title="Access GOV UK website" target="_blank">Strategic Roads Network (SRN)</a>. ADMS-Roads is the most widely used air dispersion modelling tool for predicting concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO<sub>2</sub>) and other pollutants near roads on the SRN. This project will have far-reaching influence as ADMS-Roads becomes the first commonly-used tool to include the significant effects of wind flow around flyovers on pollution impact for local populations.</p> <p>Highways England, in partnership with Innovate UK, funded these scientific developments through an <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">SBRI competition</a> to support innovations to tackle air quality around the country&#39;s motorways and major A roads. Chris Hogan, Air Quality Designated Fund Programme Manager at Highways England, said &#34;This very successful project exemplifies a great benefit of the innovation competition, which is that it enables our technical specialists to engage directly with external experts to create solutions well adapted to our needs.&#34;</p> <p>Full details of the project findings are given in the <a href="https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/assets.highwaysengland.co.uk/Knowledge+Compendium/Tool+to+assess+air+quality+impacts+of+elevated+roads+within+the+Strategic+Road+Network.pdf" title="Read project report" target="_blank">project report</a>. Chris Hogan and CERC&#39;s Mark Jackson discussed the project and the SBRI initiative at a panel discussion in the Highways UK conference (<a href="https://youtu.be/k3aq7tTiELY" title="Access Youtube website" target="_blank">view video</a>).</p> <p>CERC have provided Highways England with the new feature. CERC will also roll it out to all ADMS-Roads and ADMS-Urban users shortly.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=348#news348 Fri, 11 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT Software Developer Position http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=347#news347 <p>We are seeking a full-time Software Developer to join the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> user interface and visualisation team.</p> <p>The successful candidate will be working on different model development projects using Visual Basic (VB6andVB.NET).</p> <p>For more details see the <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/jobs_files/Environmental_software_developer.pdf" title="Access linked document">job description</a>. The closing date is 13 Dec 2020.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=347#news347 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT Regional-to-local scale air quality modelling for Ireland http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=346#news346 <p>The <a href="https://www.epa.ie/" title="Access Irish EPA website" target="_blank">Irish Environmental Protection Agency</a> has contracted <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> to undertake regional-to-local scale air quality modelling for Ireland in order to generate air quality maps for the whole country.</p> <p>The project will couple regional and local scale models using CERC&#39;s <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/RML" title="Go to RML page">ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link</a>. This will combine regional modelling undertaken by the <a href="https://www.ceh.ac.uk/" title="Access CEH website" target="_blank">UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology</a> using the <a href="https://www.mmm.ucar.edu/weather-research-and-forecasting-model" title="Access WRF website" target="_blank">Weather Research and Forecasting</a> (WRF) mesoscale meteorological model and the <a href="https://emep.int/mscw/" title="Access EMEP website" target="_blank">EMEP</a> regional chemical transport model, with local modelling carried out using CERC&#39;s street-scale resolution air quality modelling tool, <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a>.</p> <p>The modelling will use gridded <a href="https://projects.au.dk/mapeire/" title="Access MapEIRE website" target="_blank">MapEIRE</a> emission data, compiled by the Department of Environmental Science at <a href="https://envs.au.dk/en/" title="Access Aarhus University website" target="_blank">Aarhus University</a> in Denmark, as input to both the local and regional scale modelling. CERC will also develop a local-scale emissions inventory for the five main cities in Ireland (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway) and Ireland&#39;s major road network using <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/EMIT" title="Go to EMIT model page">EMIT</a>.</p> <p>This project builds on the success of CERC&#39;s previous <a href="http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/air/quality/Urban_Environmental_Indicators_2019.pdf" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">Dublin air quality modelling work</a> for the EPA, which was widely reported by local and national media. CERC will also provide training in air pollution mitigation strategy assessment for the EPA air quality team, allowing them to take the work forward.</p> <p>The <a href="https://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20201117_Ireland_NO2_map_large.jpg" title="View image">figure</a> shows 2017 annual average NO<sub>2</sub> concentrations modelled using ADMS-Urban as part of the earlier study.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20201117_Ireland_NO2_map_small.jpg" width="450" height="310"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=346#news346 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT ADMS User Group Meetings, Online, 18-19 November 2020: Draft agendas now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=345#news345 <p>The <a href="https://cerc.co.uk/software-support/assets/data/ugmflyers/ADMSUGM2020_DraftAgenda.pdf" title="Access linked document">draft agendas</a> for this year&#39;s ADMS User Group Meetings are now available. <a href="https://admsugm2020.eventbrite.co.uk/" title="Access Eventbrite website" target="_blank">Tickets are available to order through Eventbrite</a> until 23:30 on Sunday 15th November and cover the full two-day event. Organisations with a valid software support contract are entitled to one or more tickets free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Meeting connection details will be sent to registered participants before the event.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=345#news345 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT ADMS 5 online training now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=344#news344 <p>CERC are now offering online training for the model ADMS 5. Two sets of dates are available in November; please refer to the <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/software-support/training/dates-rates.html" title="Go to Dates and rates page">Training page</a> for specific dates and prices. If you are interested in attending online ADMS 5 training, please email <a href="mailto:training@cerc.co.uk" title="Email training@cerc.co.uk">training@cerc.co.uk</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=344#news344 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT Consultancy Position http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=341#news341 <p>We are seeking a full-time Air Quality / Environmental Consultant to join the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> consultancy team.</p> <p>The successful candidate will be working on different types of consultancy projects, as well as supporting our customers through our model helpdesk service and training courses.</p> <p>For more details see the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/jobs_files/Job_description_consultant.pdf" title="Access linked document">job description</a>. The closing date is 23 Oct 2020.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=341#news341 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT Registration is now open for the ADMS User Group Meetings, 18&#8211;19 November 2020, Online http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=343#news343 <p>The annual ADMS User Group Meetings are a great opportunity to hear the latest ADMS model news and advice from CERC consultants and model developers and to hear talks by model users about their own applications of the software. Normally held as two one-day meetings, with one day for ADMS 5 users and one day for ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads users, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are holding a two-day meeting online for all users of ADMS software.</p> <p><a href="https://admsugm2020.eventbrite.co.uk/" title="Access Eventbrite website" target="_blank">Tickets are available to order through Eventbrite</a> until 23:30 on Sunday 15th November and cover the full two-day event. Organisations with a valid software support contract are entitled to one or more tickets free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Meeting connection details will be sent to registered participants before the event. The draft programme will be published soon.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20201008_UGM.jpg" width="340" height="255"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=343#news343 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT Clean Air Day &#8211; 8th October http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=342#news342 <p>The 8<sup>th</sup> October 2020 is Clean Air Day, a UK-wide campaign to improve public understanding of air pollution and its effects on our health, while promoting easy actions we can take to help tackle it. We are encouraged to make a pledge to reduce air pollution on this day, such as working from home, giving cars a day off or avoiding domestic fires. CERC staff are continuing to work from home almost every day, due to COVID-19 restrictions, while contributing to scientific and public understanding of air pollution.</p> <p>During the COVID-19 lockdown we experienced cleaner air due to widespread shifts to low pollution behaviours. <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> quantified emission reductions in London using inverse modelling techniques, with emissions up to mid-July remaining at less than 50% of average levels from January to early March (see <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20200731_London_NOx_large.png" target="_blank" title="View image">figure</a>). CERC&#39;s air quality forecasting services including <a href="http://airtext.info/" title="Access airTEXT website" target="_blank"><em>air</em>TEXT</a> for Greater London, Chelmsford, Colchester and Cambridge inform the public of the daily variation in air quality, along with high-resolution maps which can be used to identify lower-pollution routes for active transport in their local area.</p> <p>The online event <a href="https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/clean-air-day-live" title="Access Clean Air Day website" target="_blank">Clean Air Day Live</a> will include a special focus on the relationship between coronavirus and air pollution, and the new possibilities our changed habits have opened up for the future. To find out more, 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 get involved.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20201007_Clean_Air_Day.png" width="400" height="200"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=342#news342 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:00:00 GMT ADMS-Roads online training now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=340#news340 <p>CERC are now offering online training for the model ADMS-Roads. Several dates are available in the coming months; please refer to the <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/software-support/training/dates-rates.html" title="Go to Dates and rates page">Training page</a> for specific dates and prices. If you are interested in attending online ADMS-Roads training, please email <a href="mailto:training@cerc.co.uk" title="Email training@cerc.co.uk">training@cerc.co.uk</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=340#news340 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT 27% of schools are in areas exceeding WHO air quality guidelines http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=339#news339 <p>New <a href="https://www.blf.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/more-than-25-of-all-british-schools-nurseries-and-colleges-surrounded-by" title="Access British Lung Foundation website" target="_blank">analysis</a> by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (<a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>) found that 8,549 educational establishments (27% of all schools, nurseries and colleges) are situated in areas which exceed recommended air pollution guidelines. CERC, commissioned by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, found that these establishments are in areas with average levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that are above the guideline recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (10&mu;g/m<sup>3</sup> for the annual average).</p> <p>CERC used existing modelled PM2.5 data published by the UK Government as part of their responsibilities under the Environment Act 1995. CERC used predicted annual average PM2.5 data for 2019; these data do not include effects from the COVID-19 &#39;lockdown&#39;. These data have a spatial resolution of 1 km x 1 km, and therefore represent &#39;background&#39; levels of PM2.5. These data give a representative indication of expected PM2.5 levels across the whole of the UK at sufficient resolution to provide good evidence; however they do not capture hyperlocal spatial variations in PM2.5 levels caused by road traffic.</p> <p>The research covers England, Scotland and Wales. Postcodes for schools were extracted from the Scottish government school statistics and the English and Welsh government register of schools and colleges. In total, 31,979 schools and colleges were included.</p> <p>Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation want the government to commit to a stronger and safer new legal limit for PM2.5 in the Environment Bill in line with WHO guidelines.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=339#news339 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT EFT 10.1 update for ADMS-Roads, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Airport http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=338#news338 <p>The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Devolved Administrations have released version 10.1 of the <a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/review-and-assessment/tools/emissions-factors-toolkit.html" title="Access Defra's website" target="_blank">Emissions Factors Toolkit</a> (EFT). Details of the changes for this version are given on page 5 of the <a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/documents/EFTv10.1-user-guide-v1.0.pdf" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">EFT user guide</a>.</p> <p>We have processed the new EFT and published an update for <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Roads" title="Go to ADMS-Roads model page">ADMS-Roads</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Airport" title="Go to ADMS-Airport model page">ADMS-Airport</a> version 5 on the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-area/other-downloads.html" title="Go to Other downloads page">Other downloads</a> page of our User Area. If you are registered, you can go straight to the <a href="https://cerc.sharefile.com/home/shared/fo5a2cfa-4889-415e-a2ec-670abe8744f0" title="Go to Download folder" target="_blank">download folder</a>. If you are not registered, follow the instructions on the User Area <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/UserArea" title="Go to User Area page">main page</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=338#news338 Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:00:00 GMT UK road traffic Emissions Factors Toolkit (EFT) 10.1 http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=336#news336 <p><a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/review-and-assessment/tools/emissions-factors-toolkit.html" title="Access Defra website" target="_blank">EFT version 10.1</a> has now been released by Defra and the Devolved Administrations (August 2020). We have started reprocessing the data into the RTM format used by <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Roads" title="Go to ADMS-Roads model page">ADMS-Roads</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a>. This process is likely to take a couple of weeks, and we will issue another News Item when this becomes available for download from our <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/UserArea" title="Go to User Area page">User Area</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=336#news336 Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT Summer 2020 editions of ADMS Model Newsletters now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=337#news337 <p>Catch up on ADMS model news in the Summer 2020 editions of <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_newsletters/CERC_ADMS5_News_2020_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_2020_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 Newsletters page">here</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=337#news337 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT Source apportionment of pollution on Breathe London map http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=335#news335 <p>The <a href="http://www.breathelondon.org/" title="Go to Breathe London map">Breathe London map</a> now shows how different polluting activities contribute to the concentration of nitrogen oxides at Breathe London sensor locations across the city. Just search for or click on any sensor.</p> <p>CERC modelled pollution sources across London for 2019 using our <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> software to quantify the contributions from twenty source categories at different points. We integrated the modelling output onto the Breathe London map <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/web-platforms.html#BreatheLondon" title="Go to CERC webpage">developed by CERC</a>. This is the first time hyperlocal modelled source apportionment data has been displayed alongside current pollution measurements on an interactive public map. With a better understanding of which activities are causing pollution, leaders and communities can develop targeted solutions that clean the air and protect public health.</p> <p>Starting today the Breathe London map also shows air quality alerts from CERC's <a href="https://www.airtext.info" title="Go to airTEXT webpage"><i>air</i>TEXT</a> forecasting service for London and the South East.</p> <p>Breathe London is a consortium led by the Environmental Defense Fund, including CERC, Air Monitors, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory and Google Earth Outreach.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20200819-BLSource.png" width="551" height="361"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=335#news335 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT Changes to the CERC User Area http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=334#news334 <p>We have moved our <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-area.php" title="Go to User area page">User Area</a> downloads to a new platform hosted by Citrix. We think the new system will make it much easier for you to find what you are looking for. You will still be able to use links on our website, but once logged in you can browse everything there is to download in a simple folder structure.</p> <p>If you are currently registered, with a login and password, you will soon get an email from us inviting you to sign up to the new User Area downloads. Just click the link, which will take you to the &#39;Welcome&#39; screen containing your details where you can enter a new password to gain access to the latest software releases, technical guidance, modelling support documents and more.</p> <p>For any of our users who are not yet taking advantage of the User Area downloads, you can sign up via the <a href="https://www.cerc.co.uk/software-support/user-area.php" title="Go to User area page">online form</a>. The User Area is for all customers with current support for one of more of our products.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=334#news334 Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:00:00 GMT