CERC — Environmental Software and Services

About Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants

Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants offer unrivalled expertise in environmental flows, atmospheric dispersion and air quality. We offer solutions to problems where others cannot. Our brilliant team comprises over 20 high level scientific and technical consultants. The company offices are located in the centre of the university city of Cambridge opposite King's College.

Environmental software

CERC's environmental software is world renowned, both drawing on the most advanced scientific research and being practical to use. The most well-known of our models is the Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling System (ADMS), with many hundreds licensed users worldwide. Other models include EMIT (atmospheric emissions), GASTAR for dense gas releases, LSMS for liquid spills and FLOWSTAR-Energy for flow over complex terrain with wind energy applications.

Developers of ADMS

The ADMS suite of models developed by CERC includes ADMS-Screen, ADMS 6, ADMS-Roads, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Airport; these models cater for problems of different complexity. ADMS-Screen is used to assess the potential impact of a single point source, ADMS 6 for assessing impacts of industrial sites and ADMS-Roads for road traffic emissions. ADMS-Urban is an air quality management system for complex combinations of emissions in urban areas and as part of our Multi modelling air quality system (MAQS) over regions and countries. ADMS-Airport has been used to model impacts of emissions at many international airports, including London Heathrow.

Services and research

CERC provides a wide range of consultancy services using both its own and third party software. These include assessment of specific industrial, road traffic and aircraft emissions as well as urban air quality for a wide range of permitting, planning and policy applications. We apply our expertise to a wide range of research projects both in-house, with many universities including Cambridge University and other research organisations. Other services include acting as expert witnesses and forecasts for air quality and wind energy. Recently we have developed an inverse system to verify air quality and GHG pollutant emissions in urban industrial areas.

Some of CERC's clients

  • Numerous companies including Arup, BP, British Lead, Essar Oil, Johnson Matthey, Prax Group, Redmore Environmental, Suez Water Technologies, Tetra Tech, Vodafone, WSP, Wiser Environmental;
  • UK and international government departments and agencies including UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for Transport (DfT), Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, National Highways, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC);
  • local government: air quality review and assessment and air quality forecasting using ADMS-Urban;
  • many universities and government institutes research applications of CERC software and collaborative research.

Projects have been undertaken in numerous countries including many in Europe, USA, India, China including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia.

In summary, CERC offers advanced environmental software and associated expertise — please contact us for more details on how we can help solve your environmental problem.


CERC is a trading name of Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd, registered at Cardiff with number 1926883. Registered office address: 3 King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ.

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