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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.


28 Apr 2016Real-time wind prediction for Hong Kong Airport

CERC and Hong Kong Observatory have developed a new system for real-time prediction of wind speed and direction. The system has been successfully applied to Hong Kong Airport, where flights are often disrupted by turbulence downwind of the mountain ridge on Lantau Island. The speed of CERC's FLOWSTAR model enables real-time predictions by integrating real-time wind profiler and radiosonde measurements. The pictures at the right show flight paths, terrain and wind speeds: (left) LIDAR measurements and (right) model predictions. For more information read our paper or contact CERC.

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