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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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29 Nov 2016Work to support the Riga Air Quality Plan, Latvia

The CERC consultancy team provided detailed technical support and expert advice to Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Environment (ELLE) in preparing an Air Quality Plan for Riga City Council. ELLE compiled a comprehensive emissions inventory using EMIT and carried out air quality modelling using ADMS-Urban.

ELLE determined a basis for the development of possible future scenarios through consultation with project stakeholders. They developed a future scenario, taking into account: planned infrastructure developments; relocation of the seaport; estimated changes in car fleet composition; and upgrade of the bus station.

ELLE used source apportionment to identify the highest contributing sources. As a result, it was decided that potential future measures should be applied to two sectors: local transport (the introduction of congestion charges); and domestic heating (upgrading domestic boilers).

ELLE updated the emissions inventory to include these measures and revised the modelling to quantify the reduction in pollution levels. They completed the Air Quality Plan by carrying out cost benefit analysis and public consultation.

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18 Nov 20162016 ADMS User Group Meetings - presentations are available to download

Following this year’s ADMS User Group Meetings, which took place in London last week, 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.

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