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26 May 2016Chelmsford joins the airTEXT air quality forecasting service

We are delighted to welcome Chelmsford City Council to the airTEXT air quality and health forecasting service. Chelmsford residents can now sign up for free air quality alerts by SMS text message, email, voicemail, and Twitter. The forecasts are also available on free phone apps for Android and iPhone.

CERC and the Council have worked together to extend the airTEXT service to the council area. airTEXT provides three-day forecasts of NO2, PM10, PM2.5 and ozone at street-scale resolution using CERC's ADMS-Urban modelling system. For more information on airTEXT, ADMS-Urban or forecasting services please contact CERC.

Chelmsford is the third local authority to join the airTEXT service within the last eight months. The free airTEXT service is now available to residents in all thirty-three London Borough Councils, as well as Slough Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Colchester Borough Council and now Chelmsford City Council. For information about how your local authority can join airTEXT please contact CERC.


25 May 2016ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link 1.4 released

CERC's state of the art system for multi-scale modelling of pollutant dispersion, the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link (RML), has been updated for use with ADMS-Urban 4 and the new Run Manager version 1.7.

The RML is an innovative automated system for nesting the high resolution air quality model ADMS-Urban in a regional air quality model using meteorological data from the meso-scale WRF model. The output from the ADMS-Urban RML system comprises predictions of pollutant concentrations for an urban area, which take into account both regional and local pollutant transport and chemistry effects.

The product runs on Windows PCs and can link to CMAQ, CAMX, CHIMERE or EMEP4UK regional models. However, please contact us about bespoke developments if you use a different regional model or platform.

The example output shows a 5 x 5 km cell in London coupling ADMS-Urban and EMEP regional model output taken from recent NERC-funded work which has enabled the RML to run ADMS-Urban on the UK academic supercomputer, ARCHER.

For more information, please visit the ADMS-Urban RML web page.

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12 May 2016ADMS workshop in Shanghai, 4-5 May 2016

CERC's Managing Director Dr. David Carruthers gave keynote presentations at the two day Urban Transport Pollution and ADMS User Group Workshop in Shanghai 4-5 May 2016. This workshop was jointly hosted by the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of Fudan University and the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences. During the workshop, the new version of ADMS-Urban/ADMS-EIA 4.0, tunnel and street canyon modelling, nesting in regional models, shipping emissions, air quality forecasting, emergency response modelling and hazardous releases were discussed. Participants came from all over China, including the cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guiyang, Beijing, Nanjing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

4 May 2016Urban canopy data for London now available

London urban canopy data are now freely available from CERC for use with the Urban Canopy Flow module in ADMS, ADMS-Roads and ADMS-Urban. This module accounts for the effects of urban buildings on local air flow at neighbourhood scales, calculating a spatially varying flow field due to variations in building density and geometry.

The data have been produced for the research project Coupled Urban and Regional processes: Effects on AIR quality (CUREAIR). CUREAIR is a collaboration between CERC, the universities of Edinburgh and Leeds, and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The data are published with a recent paper by CERC and can be re-used without restriction. Download the data here.

More information about the Urban Canopy Flow module is available in the ADMS, ADMS-Roads and ADMS-Urban user guides.


29 Apr 2016Director of CERC chairs symposium on 'Albania: Architecture, Public Health and Urban Renaissance

Yesterday at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, Professor Lord Hunt of Chesterton, Director of CERC, chaired a symposium on the state of architecture, public health and urban renaissance in Albania. Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, spoke at the symposium about the emergence of Albanian society after the fall of Communism in the 1990s, the immense challenges the country faces going forward and the innovative ways his city is tackling these challenges through public engagement, the development of public spaces and art. The meeting was organised by Elsie Owusu OBE and the speakers included leading architects based in London and Albania, public health experts and the economist Dame Frances Cairncross DBE. Amy Stidworthy from CERC gave a presentation about urban air quality and climate. For more information see the AA website.

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