CERC news http://www.cerc.co.uk CERC news en-us 2018 Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT SEPA assess Glasgow Low Emission Zone using ADMS-Urban http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=270#news270 <p>SEPA are working with Glasgow City Council in considering a Low Emission Zone for bus corridors in the city centre. They are using <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>&#39;s world-leading <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a> model, which includes street-scale to city-wide scale modelling, advanced treatments of airflow, turbulence and dispersion within the city taking account of the effect of buildings and street canyons, chemical reactions and the mixing of pollution due to traffic.</p> <p>As described in <a href="http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/105527.aspx" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">evidence</a> to the Scottish Parliament air quality committee, the ADMS-Urban output (<a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180302_Glasgow_LEZ1large.jpg" title="View image">first image</a>) are predicted annual-mean concentrations of NO<sub>2</sub> at points around the city, with the colour indicating whether they are above (red) or below (green) the annual-mean threshold of 40&#956;g/m<sup>3</sup>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180302_Glasgow_LEZ2large.jpg" title="View image">second image</a> shows good agreement between modelled air-quality concentrations for 6 sites compared with the monitored values at these sites in 2015 using the &#39;congested speed&#39; scenario. In particular the large roadside increment is well represented by the model. No model adjustment factors have been used in this project.</p> <p>Two LEZ scenarios have been investigated with ADMS-Urban and CERC&#39;s <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/EMIT" title="Go to EMIT model page">EMIT</a> emissions inventory tool: (1) assuming all buses are at EURO VI, and (2) additionally assuming diesel cars and LGVs are at Euro 6 and petrol cars and LGVs are at EURO 4 or newer. At a monitor location within the LEZ, the greatest improvement in air quality was predicted by cleaning the bus fleet, with a small additional improvement by targeting cars and LGVs. The modelling work is continuing efficiently and the Glasgow LEZ is <a href="https://news.gov.scot/news/first-low-emission-zone-for-glasgow" title="Access Scottish Government website" target="_blank">expected</a> to be in place by the end of 2018.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180302_Glasgow_LEZ1small.jpg" width="423" height="400"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180302_Glasgow_LEZ2small.jpg" width="420" height="105"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=270#news270 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Air quality / environmental consultant vacancy http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=269#news269 <p>We are seeking an air quality / environmental consultant to join our consultancy team. Among other tasks, the successful candidate will use ADMS models to carry out our air quality assessments, provide helpdesk support to clients and deliver training. Please see the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/jobs_files/Air_quality_environmental_consultant.pdf" title="Go to job description">full job description</a> for details.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=269#news269 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT New CERC publications in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=268#news268 <p>Two papers from <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> authors have recently been published in the <a href="http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijep" title="Access International Journal of Environment and Pollution website" target="_blank">International Journal of Environment and Pollution</a>, as part of a special issue from HARMO17. The first paper (<a href="http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=89410" title="Access article online" target="_blank">Stocker <em>et al</em>. 2017, doi 10.1504/IJEP.2017.10010380</a>) concerns the review of dispersion modelling of agricultural emissions with non-point sources, using the ADMS and AERMOD models to examine dispersion of emissions from typical agricultural sources and a specific case study. This expands on work originally carried out for <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/atmospheric-dispersion.html#non-point" title="Go to Atmospheric dispersion page">ADMLC</a>. A figure comparing <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS" title="Go to ADMS page">ADMS</a> modelled and measured ammonia concentrations (&#181;g/m<sup>3</sup>) is shown on the right.</p> <p>The second paper (<a href="http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=89427" title="Access article online" target="_blank">Smith <em>et al</em>. 2017, doi 10.1504/IJEP.2017.10010443</a>) compares the standard approach to modelling NO<sub>x</sub> plume chemistry in ADMS to a more advanced methodology by presenting validation against data for two sites in Alaska. A novel graphical approach is used to distinguish between errors in dispersion calculations, which affect both NO<sub>x</sub> and NO<sub>2</sub>, and errors in chemistry, affecting NO<sub>2</sub> only.</p> <p>References and links to more publications by CERC authors are available <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/CERC-coauthor-publications.html" title="Go to CERC Co-author publications page">here</a> while publications from other researchers using CERC models are listed <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/CERC-software-publications.html" title="Go to CERC Software Publications page">here</a>.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180226_IJEP.png" width="390" height="350"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=268#news268 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Air quality benefits of climate action in cities around the world http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=267#news267 <p>Representatives of nine cities from around the world analysed air quality and health benefits of climate actions in their cities at a workshop organised by <a href="http://www.c40.org/" title="Access C40 website" target="_blank">C40</a>, the leading global network of cities committed to addressing climate change.</p> <p>At the workshop in London, from 7<sup>th</sup> to 9<sup>th</sup> November, experts from <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>, C40, <a href="https://www.burohappold.com/" title="Access Buro Happold website" target="_blank">Buro Happold</a> and the <a href="https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/" title="Access London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine website" target="_blank">London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine</a> worked with representatives from Istanbul, Medellin, Quezon City, Quito, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Hanoi, Athens and Karachi. The city representatives brought details of specific climate actions to which their city is committed, including tightening vehicle emissions standards, new public transport schemes, building solar energy generation plants and reducing industrial emissions. During the event CERC&#39;s Mark Jackson and Matt Williams provided expert guidance on air quality benefits of the actions. All nine cities were able to produce numerical estimates of benefits from their actions, including air quality concentration improvements and consequent improvements in life expectancy for the city populations, and the benefits of scaling up their actions to more ambitious targets.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180219_C40.jpg" width="360" height="240"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=267#news267 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT ADMS NOx chemistry scheme implemented in AERMOD http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=266#news266 <p>A <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10962247.2017.1280096?journalCode=uawm20" title="Access article online" target="_blank">journal article</a> by <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> authors describes the implementation of a NO<sub>x</sub> chemistry scheme in AERMOD which uses similar reactions and an analogous calculation method to the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS" title="Go to ADMS model page">ADMS</a>&#32;<a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_techspec/P18_02.pdf" title="Access linked document" target="_blank">GRS chemistry</a>. The new chemistry scheme, ADMSM, shows good performance when compared to measurements from five validation studies. The NO<sub>2</sub> predicted by ADMSM has increased consistency with modelled NO<sub>x</sub> compared to the OLM or PVMRM approaches in AERMOD. The figure shows a comparison of predicted average hourly NO<sub>2</sub> to NO<sub>x</sub> ratios against the observed value for cases where observed NO<sub>x</sub> &#8805; 20 &#181;g/m3; studies presented according to source-receptor distance (closest on left). The code development work carried out by CERC was funded by the American Petroleum Institute.</p> <p>This work is cited in the recent <a href="https://www.epa.gov/" title="Access US EPA website" target="_blank">US EPA</a> &#8220;<a href="https://www3.epa.gov/ttn/scram/models/aermod/20170919_AERMOD_Development_White_Papers.pdf" title="Access document online" target="_blank">White Paper on Planned Updates to AERMOD Modeling System</a>&#8221;, and will be further evaluated as an alternative model for Tier 3 NO<sub>2</sub> modelling in AERMOD.</p> <p>References and links to more publications by CERC authors are available <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/CERC-coauthor-publications.html" title="Go to CERC Co-author publications page">here</a> while publications from other researchers using CERC models are listed <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/CERC-software-publications.html" title="Go to CERC Software Publications page">here</a>.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180212_NOxchemistry.png" width="410" height="150"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=266#news266 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Air quality modelling for the Barbican Low Emissions Neighbourhood http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=265#news265 <p>The <a href="http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/" title="Access City of London website" target="_blank">City of London Corporation</a> received funding from the Mayor of London to implement a <a href="https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/environmental-health/environmental-protection/air-quality/Pages/Low-Emission-Neighbourhood.aspx" title="Access City of London website" target="_blank">Low Emissions Neighbourhood</a> in the Barbican, Guildhall and Barts area. One of the LEN proposals included options for restricting access to Beech Street, which runs underneath the Barbican, to all but the cleanest vehicles.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-consultancy.html" title="Go to Consultancy page">Consultancy</a> team worked with <a href="http://www.wsp-pb.com/" title="Access WSP website" target="_blank">WSP</a> to quantify the air quality impact of a number of different physical and emissions-based access restrictions for Beech Street. WSP provided traffic data for Beech Street and the surrounding roads for each scenario, taking into account the potential rerouting of restricted vehicles onto the surrounding roads. CERC used <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/ADMS-Urban-model.html" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a> to model the impact of the changes to traffic flows on concentrations of NO<sub>2</sub> in the surrounding area.</p> <p>Beech Street is a covered road, with some sections completely covered and some partially covered. The effects of this complex layout on the dispersion of pollutants and chemical reactions was taken into account using the ADMS-Urban Advanced Street Canyon and Tunnels options and a NO<sub>x</sub>-NO<sub>2</sub> correlation derived from local monitoring data.</p> <p>The maps show the modelled annual average NO<sub>2</sub> concentration and the change in annual average NO<sub>2</sub> concentrations with Beech Street restricted to Low Emissions Vehicles.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180205_Beech_street1.png" width="255" height="300"/><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20180205_Beech_street2.png" width="255" height="300"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=265#news265 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT Software development vacancy http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=264#news264 <p>We are seeking a software developer to join the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> user interface and visualisation development team. The successful candidate will work with Windows desktop and Linux HPC, using technologies such as Visual Basic, Python, Windows Installer and Bash scripting.</p> <p>For more details see the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/jobs_files/Environmental_software_developer.pdf" title="Go to job description">job description</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=264#news264 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT ADMS-Urban, ADMS-Roads & ADMS-Airport 4.1.1 with EFT 8 available for download http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=263#news263 <p><a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a>, <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/airport" title="Go to ADMS-Airport model page">ADMS-Airport</a> incorporate the EFT emission factors so that emission rates can be calculated from available traffic and speed data. This release includes the new UK emissions factors from Defra&#39;s EFT 8. Details of the updates to the EFT are summarised in the <a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/documents/EFTv8-user-guide-v2.pdf" title="Access document online" target="_blank">EFT User Guide</a>. Details of the model changes can be found in the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/UserGuides" title="Go to User Guides page">What&#39;s New</a>.</p> <p>ADMS-Urban, ADMS-Roads and ADMS-Airport are comprehensive tools for investigating air pollution taking account of complex urban morphology including street canyons and road tunnels. ADMS-Roads is designed primarily for networks of roads that may be in combination with industrial sites, for instance small towns or rural road networks. ADMS-Urban can model large urban areas providing output from street-scale to urban-scale. ADMS-Airport has the features of ADMS-Urban, and can also incorporate all relevant emission sources at airports by using algorithms designed specifically to model dispersion from aircraft engines.</p> <p>The updated release is available now from the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/UserArea" title="Go to User Area page">User Area</a> on <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a>&#39;s website to users with current support.</p> <p>For further information please <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/contact" title="Go to Contact us page">contact us</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=263#news263 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT CERC at the recent Harmo18 conference in Bologna http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=262#news262 <p>David Carruthers and Amy Stidworthy recently attended the <a href="http://www.harmo.org/conferences/Bologna/18harmo.asp" title="Access HARMO website" target="_blank">18th Harmo conference</a> in Bologna. This international conference aims to harmonise approaches to atmospheric dispersion modelling and model evaluation. They presented two papers: firstly on work using <a href="http://www.harmo.org/conferences/Proceedings/_Bologna/publishedSections/PPT/H18-033_oral.pdf" title="Access presentation online" target="_blank">sensor data and inversion techniques to systematically reduce dispersion model error</a>, including a Cambridge case study using CERC&#39;s <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban model page">ADMS-Urban</a> dispersion model and <a href="http://www.aqmesh.com/" title="Access AQMesh website" target="_blank">AQMesh</a> sensors; and secondly an <a href="http://www.harmo.org/conferences/Proceedings/_Bologna/publishedSections/PPT/H18-174_oral.pdf" title="Access presentation online" target="_blank">evaluation of local and regional air quality forecasts for London</a>, comparing CERC&#39;s local-scale <a href="http://www.airtext.info" title="Access airTEXT website"><em>air</em>TEXT</a> forecasts with regional-scale <a href="http://www.regional.atmosphere.copernicus.eu/" title="Access CAMS website" target="_blank">CAMS</a> forecasts and monitoring data from the <a href="https://www.londonair.org.uk/LondonAir/Default.aspx" title="Access London Air Quality Network website" target="_blank">London Air Quality Network</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=262#news262 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT CERC research news http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=261#news261 <p>CERC conducts a wide range of environmental research and development projects. Recent work includes:</p> <ul> <li>Developing a <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/smart-cities/glasgow-platform.html" target="_blank" title="Glasgow routing tool">transport routing tool for Glasgow</a> under the InnovateUK project <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/smart-cities.html#QCumber" target="_blank" title="QCumber">QCumber-EnvHealth</a>. The tool enables the public to reduce their exposure by choosing 'low air pollution' routes for their journeys.</li> <li>Working with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to develop an <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/emissions.html#EMFAC-HK" target="_blank" title="HK emissions tool">emissions conversion software tool</a> for the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department.</li> <li>Investigating the <a href="http://www.harmo.org/Conferences/Proceedings/_Varna/publishedSections/H16-096-Heist-EA.pdf" target="_blank" title="Noise barrier article">effect of noise barriers on dispersion from roads</a>, working with the US EPA and the universities of California and North Carolina under the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/vehicles-and-roads.html#tools" target="_blank" title="UK-US collaboration">UK-US collaboration</a> on evaluation of road source modelling tools.</li> <li>Extending the ADMS-Urban chemistry scheme to include photochemical effects of HONO and Isoprene under the NERC-funded project <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/atmospheric-chemistry.html#CureAir" target="_blank" title="CureAir">CureAir</a>.</li> </ul> <p>These are just some of the wide range of <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research.html" target="_blank" title="Projects page">environmental research projects</a> undertaken by CERC for local, national and international sponsors, collaborating with academic, government and commercial partners. Our research covers topics ranging from <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/atmospheric-dispersion.html" target="_blank" title="Dispersion page">atmospheric dispersion</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/atmospheric-chemistry.html" target="_blank" title="Chemistry page">atmospheric chemistry</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/urban-air-quality.html" target="_blank" title="Urban air quality page">urban air quality</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/vehicles-and-roads.html" target="_blank" title="Road traffic page">road traffic</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/emissions.html" target="_blank" title="Emissions page">emissions</a>, to <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/aviation.html" target="_blank" title="Aviation page">aviation</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/hazardous-releases.html" target="_blank" title="Hazardous releases page">hazardous releases</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/wind-energy.html" target="_blank" title="Wind energy page"> wind energy</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/urban-heat-island.html" target="_blank" title="UHI page">local climate and urban heat island modelling</a>, the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/atmospheric-boundary-layer.html" target="_blank" title="Boundary layer page">atmospheric boundary layer</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/model-evaluation.html" target="_blank" title="Model evaluation page">model evaluation</a>, and software development for <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/web-platforms.html" target="_blank" title="Web platforms page">web platforms</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/smart-cities.html" target="_blank" title="Smart City page">smart city applications</a>.</p> <p>For more information about our research, read our <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/CERC-coauthor-publications.html" target="_blank" title="Go to CERC Co-author Publications page">papers and publications</a>, view our <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/presentations.html" target="_blank" title="Presentations page"> presentations</a>, or <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/contact-us.html" target="_blank" title="Contact page"> contact us</a>.</p> <p>CERC's software <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/user-guides.html" target="_blank" title="User guides page"> user guides</a> contain technical summaries of the scientific aspects of our software. More detailed scientific information is available in <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/technical-specifications.html" target="_blank" title="Tech Spec page"> Technical Specifications</a> for the <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/ADMS-model.html" target="_blank" title="ADMS 5 page"> ADMS 5</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/ADMS-Urban-model.html" target="_blank" title="ADMS-Urban page"> ADMS-Urban</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/ADMS-Roads-model.html" target="_blank" title="ADMS-Roads page"> ADMS-Roads</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/ADMS-Airport-model.html" target="_blank" title="ADMS-Airport page"> ADMS-Airport</a> dispersion models and in published <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/CERC-coauthor-publications.html" target="_blank" title="Go to CERC Co-author Publications page"> papers and reports</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=261#news261 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Autumn 2017 editions of ADMS Model Newsletters now available http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=260#news260 <p>Catch up on ADMS model news in the Autumn 2017 editions of <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/assets/data/doc_newsletters/CERC_ADMS5_News_2017_Autumn.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_2017_Autumn.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 Newsletter page">here</a>.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=260#news260 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT High resolution air quality maps of Zagreb http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=259#news259 <p>This year, the Croatian environmental consultancy firm <a href="http://www.ekonerg.hr/ekonerg/index?ev=home_en" target="_blank" title="Access EKONERG website">EKONERG</a> completed an air quality modelling project for Zagreb City Office in which <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/ADMS-Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> was used to model air pollution levels in Zagreb at street-scale resolution. EKONERG developed a local scale emissions inventory for the project and verified the model predictions at three urban background monitors within the city. The modelled concentrations of NO<sub>2</sub> and PM<sub>10</sub> were used as input to population exposure calculations.</p> <p>The background concentration data used in the study were extracted by <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> from the <a href="http://macc-raq-op.meteo.fr/index.php?category=ensemble&subensemble=hourly_ensemble&date=LAST&calculation-model=ENSEMBLE&species=o3&level=SFC&offset=000" target="_blank" title="Access CAMS website">CAMS</a> European-scale air quality ensemble re-analysis product. These data were provided to EKONERG in <em>.bgd</em> file format, for direct inclusion in ADMS-Urban. If you are interested in obtaining European or global modelled background concentration data suitable for use with the ADMS models please <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/contact" title="Go to Contact us page">contact us</a>.</p> <p>Follow <a href="http://cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20171124_NO2_annual_mean_large.png" title="Access picture">this link</a> to view the air quality map at higher resolution.</p> <br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20171124_NO2_annual_mean.png" width="320" height="350"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=259#news259 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT Emissions Factors Toolkit v8 is published by Defra http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=258#news258 <p>The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs released a new version of the <a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/review-and-assessment/tools/emissions-factors-toolkit.html" target="_blank" title="Access LAQM website">Emissions Factors Toolkit</a> (EFT). Details of the updates in this new version are given on page 5 of the EFT user guide. The new version of the Excel spreadsheet and the user guide can be downloaded directly from the following links:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/documents/EFT2017_v8.0.zip" title="Access EFT download">Zipped EFT8</a></li> <li><a href="https://laqm.defra.gov.uk/documents/EFTv8.0-user-guide-v1.0.pdf" target="_blank" title="Access EFT 8.0 user guide">User Guide</a></li></ul> <p>ADMS-Airport, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-software/traffic-emissions.html" title="Go to Traffic emissions page">incorporate</a> the EFT emission datasets so that emission rates can be calculated from available traffic and speed data. <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/" title="Go to CERC homepage">CERC</a> are currently working hard to process the new EFT datasets for inclusion with <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/airport" title="Go to ADMS-Airport page">ADMS-Airport</a>, <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Urban" title="Go to ADMS-Urban page">ADMS-Urban</a> and <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/Roads" title="Go to ADMS-Roads page">ADMS-Roads</a> v4.1.1, which we expect to release in early 2018 to users with current support. When we have a more exact date we will publish an updated <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php" title="Go to News page">news item</a> on our website. The new model releases are primarily for the EFT, but there will also be a number of interface enhancements to help you with your work. Details will follow, closer to the release date.</p> <p>We will also be updating <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/EMIT" title="Go to EMIT page">EMIT</a> in the new year with EFT 8. This will occur after the ADMS-Airport, ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads releases, and once again we will publish more details closer to the release date.</p> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=258#news258 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017 ADMS User Group Meetings &ndash; presentations are available to download http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=257#news257 <p>Following this year&#39;s ADMS User Group Meetings, which took place in Birmingham on 1-2 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">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/CERC20171115_user_group_meeting.jpeg" width="325" height="245"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=257#news257 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT CERC presenting high-resolution forecasting for Hong Kong at CMAS 2017 http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=255#news255 <p>Dr Christina Hood from CERC will present the latest developments to the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/RML" target="_blank" title="Go to RML page">(RML)</a> system and its use in a high-resolution air quality forecasting system for Hong Kong at the <a href="https://www.cmascenter.org/conference/2017/agenda.cfm" target="_blank" title="Go to CMAS">CMAS conference</a>, 23<sup>rd</sup>-25<sup>th</sup> October 2017 (extended abstract available <a href="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/Hood_CMAS17_hires_forecasting.pdf" target="_blank" title="Download abstract">here</a>). The integrated regional and local forecasting system has been developed in collaboration with researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology <a href="http://www.ust.hk/" target="_blank" title="Go to HKUST site">(HKUST)</a> as part of the <a href="http://praise.ust.hk/" target="_blank" title="Go to PRAISE-UK site">PRAISE-HK</a> project. <a href="http://www.envr.ust.hk/our-division/people/faculty-staff/majfung.html" target="_blank" title="Go to page">Professor Jimmy Fung</a> from HKUST will talk more about this project in his Plenary presentation on 23<sup>rd</sup> October. The picture shows contours of high-resolution forecast PM<sub>2.5</sub> concentrations for the example domain for 3pm local time on 16<sup>th</sup> September 2017, using the new ADMS-Urban RML option to interpolate regional model concentrations.</p><br /><br /><img src="http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/assets/news/CERC20171020_HK_CMAS.png" width="344" height="274"/> http://www.cerc.co.uk/about-us/news.php?newsitem=255#news255 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT