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16 Feb 2017Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes and Physical Hazards For Kuala Lumpur

Recent disasters in Malaysia have revealed poor coordination and weak capacity in prediction of floods and landslides and there is concern over the occurrences of strong winds, air pollution (haze) and extreme temperatures. Development of forecasting capacity is now important for major cities, particularly in view of climate change. CERC have joined a consortium of 16 research and business organisations, 6 from the UK and 10 from Malaysia, in a project to customise climate and hazard models from the UK to forecast physical hazards common in Kuala Lumpur i.e. flash floods & floods, landslides, sinkholes, strong winds, urban heat and local air pollution; test their viability; develop a prototype multi-hazard platform for managing and communicating risks to enhance disaster resilience; and promote the platform through outreach and marketing. This 34-month project is funded jointly by the UK and Malaysian governments through the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, and is led by the University of Cambridge and SEADPRI-UKM.

The image above (larger version) shows how CERC’s local models ADMS-Urban and ADMS Temperature and Humidity will be coupled to regional models to forecast atmospheric hazards such as extreme temperatures, air pollution and haze.


10 Jan 2017CERC training courses

The CERC training team has been busy over the past few months, conducting training courses for industry, regulators, universities, councils and consultancies, both in our Cambridge offices and at locations around the UK. We have provided tailored courses for overseas delegates, including: ADMS-STAR training for the Indonesia Centre for Technology of Radiation Safety and Metrology; ADMS-Urban Temperature & Humidity model training for Barcelona Regional; and ADMS-Roads for China National Monitoring Centre (CNEMC).

Over the next couple of months, we will be travelling to Singapore to provide tailored EMIT training for the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) and to Dublin to train the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the use of ADMS-Urban.

A recent delegate said: "The course was very well run and enjoyable, and all the staff were extremely helpful."

A 20% discount applies to scheduled CERC training courses, if purchased at the same time as a software annual licence or support renewal and booked within 12 months of purchase.

9 Jan 2017International Urban Transport Pollution and Modelling Conference in Tianjin, 8 December 2016

Hazardous smog is a very serious issue in China and currently a focus of great attention. CERC's Managing Director Dr. David Carruthers gave keynote presentations at the International Urban Transport Pollution and Modelling conference in Tianjin on the 8th December 2016. The conference was hosted by the Department of Environmental Science of Nankai University, with support from CERC China. During the conference, tunnel and street canyon modelling, nesting in regional models, shipping emissions, air quality forecasting, emergency response modelling and hazardous releases were discussed. Experts from across China attended, including the cities of Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Nanjing, Urumqi and Hong Kong.

13 Dec 2016ADMS 5.2 and the new ADMS-Screen

The latest version of ADMS 5 is now available for download. Alongside this we have also completely updated ADMS-Screen.

ADMS 5 simulates a wide range of buoyant and passive releases of pollutants to the atmosphere. Applications include planning and permitting, stack height assessment, odour modelling, environmental impact assessments and safety planning.

New features in ADMS 5.2 include:

  • project files: allowing background maps, contour plots, layer symbology and more to be saved and reopened with your model input files;
  • simple extraction of terrain files from OS terrain 50 and SRTM data formats;
  • more flexible hourly time-varying emissions file format (.var); and
  • file drag-drop and context menus throughout the Mapper and ADMS interface.

For more information about all the new features please see the What's New in ADMS 5.2? guide. Eligible ADMS 5 users should already have received the new version free of charge.

ADMS-Screen is a screening version of ADMS 5, for modelling dispersion from a single stack to calculate ground-level concentrations, providing rapid assessments of stack height. Easy comparison with air quality strategy objectives and European Union air quality standards can be made. ADMS-Screen now includes the ADMS Mapper for visualising model input and output.

For further information please contact us.

12 Dec 2016Software downloads and free demos

Whether an existing user or someone interested in finding out more about CERC software, you can now download software directly from our website.

Registered users should go to the User Area where you can log in, recover forgotten passwords or register for the first time. Then visit the new software download page where you will find links to download 12 of our products including the new ADMS 5.2.

If you are not yet a customer then you can still download the latest versions of 10 of our products from the Free demos page.

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