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19 Dec 2019Reducing plastic waste in our office environment

Here at the CERC offices in Cambridge, we have implemented multiple measures to reduce the use of plastic as part of our good sustainability practice. For example, wipes are no longer used anywhere in the office. All liquid soap bottles are replenished using a supply chain entirely based on refills. Everyday plastic waste is encouraged to be recycled in bins placed strategically throughout the office. All purchased milk is delivered in reusable glass bottles. Only dishwasher tablets wrapped in fully biodegradable/compostable wraps are consumed. Environmentally friendly cleaning agents are used and then restocked on a refill basis. Paper bags are provided for sanitary use.

Concern for the environment and promoting a broader sustainability agenda are integral to our professional activities and the management of our organisation. For example, our staff use green transport options whenever possible, with about 80% cycling or walking to work, and most others using public transport. CERC has a Sustainability Statement, which can be issued upon request.

12 Dec 2019Software development vacancy

We are seeking an enthusiastic software developer to join the CERC scientific development team. The successful candidate will be working primarily on a ground-breaking new research tool for UK universities based on ADMS. The majority of the scientific programming undertaken at CERC is written in Fortran, but products are also developed in Python, R, MATLAB and Excel.

For more details see the job description.

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20 Nov 20192019 ADMS User Group Meetings – presentations are available to download

Following this year's ADMS User Group Meetings, which took place in Oxford on 13-14 November, electronic copies of the presentations are now available to download 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, click here.

5 Nov 2019Are you interested in doing a PhD investigating air quality using ADMS-Urban?

CERC are supporting a PhD studentship at Nottingham University, which will investigate possible links between poor air quality, long-term illness and social deprivation. The project will explore the changing spatial and temporal distribution of PM2.5 across the City of Nottingham using available monitoring data and CERC's high-resolution urban air quality model, ADMS-Urban. These data will be combined with hospital admissions data and deprivation indices to investigate the links between air pollution and health in more and less deprived parts of the city, looking at both long and short term pollution exposure.

The studentship is awarded by ENVISION, bringing together a powerful group of UK researchers with industry and NGO partners to provide a new generation of environmental scientists with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to take on the challenges of a changing world.

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting and challenging project, please follow the link provided or contact Professor Sarah Metcalfe, sarah.metcalfe@nottingham.ac.uk or Dr. J. Duncan Whyatt, d.whyatt@lancaster.ac.uk

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25 Oct 2019Google Street View cars measure London's air quality in hyperlocal detail

New measurements have been released which provide a unique insight into London's air pollution at a hyperlocal level. Two Google Street View cars equipped with air quality monitors have been taking readings approximately every 30 metres at tens of thousands of locations while they travel through London's streets. The Breathe London website map developed by CERC shows average values of pollution from these readings.

The mobile monitoring routes are sampled at different times of day, days of week and time of year. These readings have been analysed by EDF to provide median concentrations, representing the expected on-road value during weekday daytime hours over the monitoring period between August 2018 and August 2019.

These median values are displayed on a data platform developed by CERC which provides the maps and visualisations for the Breathe London website. The platform uses 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 also automatically ingests and displays data from Breathe London's network of one hundred AQMesh sensors.


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