Two new versions of Defra's Emission Factor Toolkit have been released recently. Version 6.0 was released in June 2014, followed by version 6.0.1 (containing some bug fixes) at the beginning of July 2014. The EFT can be downloaded from the following webpage:
Details of the updates included in these latest releases are summarised on page 4 of the EFT User Guide, which is also downloadable from the location given above.
ADMS-Urban, ADMS-Roads and ADMS-Airport incorporate the EFT emission factors so that emission rates can be calculated from available traffic and speed data. CERC consider giving users access to the latest emission factors a high priority. We are currently working on compiling a model update that includes the EFT version 6.0.1 emissions factors. At the very latest, this update will be available to users with current support by the middle of September.
The 2014 User Group Meetings will be held in Peterborough on 19th and 20th November.
These meetings will include the usual mix of presentations by CERC staff and software users and are the ideal opportunity to hear the latest news and advice on new model features. Users with a valid support contract are entitled to one or two delegate places free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Please contact CERC if there is a topic you would like to be covered at one of the meetings or if you would be willing to give a 'user view' presentation. Registration will open online in the Autumn.
An article entitled 'How cities can help protect citizens from air pollution' by Julian Hunt, Chairman of CERC and Amy Stidworthy, a Principal Consultant at CERC, has been published in Reuters today in response to the recent Saharan dust event in the UK. Click here to read the full article on the Reuters website.
The April edition of GIS Professional magazine includes our article about QCumber Smart City, an innovative open city data platform with crowd-sourcing being prototyped by CERC and Algebra. The full article can be read here (pdf).
QCumber Smart City will use innovative interactive map presentations and combine public data with crowd-sourced data, integrating data across various themes including health, energy, environment and transport. Open APIs will be the basis for a thriving ecosystem of third-party apps and services based on phones, websites, smart devices, and social media, leveraging direct access to data through the APIs.
This feasibility study was funded by the Technology Strategy Board under Phase 1 of their Future City Solutions SBRI competition Data Challenge.