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18 Jan 2019Mayor launches 'hyperlocal' air mapping in London with smart sensors and Google Street View cars

On 15 January the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched the world's most advanced and comprehensive network of air quality monitors. David Carruthers represented CERC at the launch.

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, who have equipped two of their iconic Street View cars with air quality sensors. These will take pollution readings approximately every 30 metres at tens of thousands of locations whilst they travel through London's streets, building up a picture of London's air quality over the course of a year and identifying areas of poor air quality that the network of fixed monitors might miss. Meanwhile, 100 state-of-the-art fixed sensor pods will be mounted on lampposts and buildings close to known air quality hotspots and sensitive locations such as schools and nurseries.

The data these monitors collect from across the capital will provide an unprecedented level of detail about London's air quality and deliver new insight into the sources of pollution. 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 data generated by this new network will be available for the public to view on an interactive online map built by CERC on the Breathe London website. The map will show Londoners the condition of the air they are currently breathing.

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17 Jan 2019Disaster Resilient Cities: CERC Workshop and Training in Kuala Lumpur

In December 2018, Dr Jenny Stocker and Mr Steve Smith from CERC presented at the 'Emissions Inventory and Air Quality Modelling Workshop' at the Universiti Kabangsaan Malaysia (UKM) as part of the Newton-Ungku Omar funded project 'Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes & Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur'. This project, now in its third year, looks at forecasting physical hazards from flash floods to landslides, urban heat extremes to local air pollution. At the workshop, Jenny talked about the requirements for detailed air quality modelling in the region, and Steve spoke about emissions inventories. ADMS-Urban modelling results for Kuala Lumpur were presented by Nor Hafizah Baharudin, a UKM PhD student working with Professor Mohd Talib Latif. Project stakeholders attended the workshop, including representatives from the Malaysian Department of the Environment.

On the following day, Steve led an ADMS-Urban Temperature and Humidity training course, attended by 7 delegates from UKM.

17 Dec 2018C40 promoting climate action for healthier city living

With urban areas expected to accommodate two thirds of the world's population by 2050, radical action is needed to change the way we run our cities say C40, a network of cities committed to climate action.

The new research findings, produced in collaboration with CERC, BuroHappold and LSHTM, show that if C40's 96 member cities take the ambitious actions outlined in the report they could see an 87% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 49% reduction in PM2.5 levels, 223,000 premature deaths averted and up to $583 billion in economic benefit.

Within the city environment, buildings and road traffic together contribute more than 75% of greenhouse gas emissions and 50% of PM2.5 concentrations. The report details ways to target the biggest polluters and thus tackle climate change and urban air pollution together, using specific case studies of actions taken in cities around the world.


4 Dec 20182018 ADMS User Group Meetings — presentations are available to download

Following this year's ADMS User Group Meetings, which took place in Edinburgh on 7-8 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.

28 Nov 2018ADMS 5.2.4 patch released

There is a new version of ADMS 5 available, which is a minor update to version 5.2. The new release includes the latest versions of AERMOD (18081), AERMAP (18081) and AERMET (18081) as released by the US-EPA. View the readme document for further details about the update. Current users should login to the User Area to download the patch. This patch can be applied to ADMS 5.2, 5.2.1 or 5.2.2.

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