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21 Jun 2018‘Hyperlocal’ air mapping in London with smart sensors and Google Street View cars

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and C40 - a network of cities committed to bold action on climate change - have launched a cutting-edge new project to better understand Londoners' exposure to air pollution around the city. Sensors measuring harmful pollution in tens of thousands of locations will be combined with air quality modelling to produce hyperlocal air quality mapping.

From July, new fixed and mobile sensors will be rolled out across London's streets. 100 fixed sensors will be fitted to lampposts and buildings in the worst affected areas and sensitive locations, and two dedicated Google Street View cars will be driving across the city, mapping air pollution at an unprecedented level of detail. CERC's renowned ADMS-Urban model will be used together with the sensor data to generate hyper-local air quality mapping both for nowcasts and forecasts, and for policy studies.

The project will be run by a team of air quality experts led by the charity Environmental Defense Fund Europe, in partnership with Air Monitors Ltd., Google Earth Outreach, CERC, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory, and the Environmental Defense Fund team in the United States. The press release gives more information on the project.

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20 Jun 2018Clean Air Day - 21st June

On Clean Air Day on 21st June organisations across the UK will be taking part in initiatives to highlight the effect that breathing polluted air has on our health and to promote cleaner and healthier ways of getting around. We will be doing our bit on Clean Air Day to make Cambridge air cleaner - 81% of CERC staff will be cycling or walking to work and 19% will be using public transport to get to work. To find out more about Clean Air Day events in your area, go to www.cleanairday.org.uk, or tweet @cleanairdayuk #CleanAirDay to join in the conversation.

31 May 2018Graduate scientist vacancy

We are seeking a science graduate to join the CERC research and development team. The successful candidate will be expected to analyse data within a spreadsheet package and document their conclusions, with graphical and tabular output.

For more details see the job description.

11 May 2018Assessment of the FAIRMODE air quality model benchmarking methodology

CERC are co-authors in a recent publication which analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the FAIRMODE benchmarking approach of European-wide, regional and urban scale air quality model applications.

The 'Forum for air quality modelling in Europe' (FAIRMODE) is an EU initiative created in 2007 to bring together air quality modellers and users to promote and support the harmonised use of models across the EU, with emphasis on model application under the European Air Quality Directive.

Dr Jenny Stocker from CERC has attended the FAIRMODE Technical Meetings since 2011, primarily contributing to the Assessment Working Group. A procedure for benchmarking and evaluating EU Air Quality Directive (AQD) modelling applications has been developed within the FAIRMODE framework, leading to free software known as The DELTA Tool. Jenny has co-authored the publication: 'Strengths and weaknesses of the FAIRMODE benchmarking methodology for the evaluation of air quality models', which includes a SWOT analysis of the methodology based on feedback from users of the tool.

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30 Apr 2018ADMS-Urban RML to be used to model Delhi air quality

CERC are partners in the 'Process analysis, observations and modelling - Integrated solutions for cleaner air for Delhi' (PROMOTE) project, collaborating with six UK universities and five Indian research institutes. This project will investigate the interactions between meteorological processes such as winter fog events and poor air quality, as well as the relative importance of local and regional pollutant emissions and possible mitigation approaches. It is part of the wider Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in an Indian Megacity programme, jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Newton-Bhabha Fund, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the Ministry of Science and Technology Department of Biotechnology.

ADMS-Urban will be used to model street-scale air quality in Delhi during the PROMOTE project. It will be coupled to the regional WRF-Chem and CMAQ models using the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link (RML) system in order to investigate the interactions of regional and local effects. Preliminary un-coupled ADMS-Urban modelling results were presented at the project science meeting on 24th April 2018. The project brochure gives more information about the full aims of the project and activities of other project partners.


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