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23 Jul 2013Asthma UK recommends use of airTEXT to London asthma sufferers

David Hiles of Asthma UK suggests London asthma sufferers should use airTEXT forecasts. See article on the BBC Health News website.

19 Jul 2013EFT version 5.1.3 and EFT version 5.2c

ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads version 3.1 contain the emission factors from version 5.1.3 of the Emission Factor Toolkit (developed by Bureau Veritas, the Highways Agency, Ricardo-AEA and Transport for London on behalf of Defra and the Devolved Administrations).

CERC have been advised by the LAQM Helpdesk that 'there are no major changes in core emissions between 5.1.3 and 5.2c, just very minor tweaks'. When asked to comment on whether or not it was necessary for CERC to update the ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads software to include the EFT v5.2c emission factors, the LAQM Helpdesk stated 'we would recommend changing the ADMS emission factors when the next version of the spreadsheet comes out with new emission factors from COPERT, which we anticipate happening later this year'. Consequently, the next release of ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads, due for release in autumn 2013, will not include the EFT 5.2c emission factors.

2 Jul 2013User Group Meetings 2013

This year's user group meetings will be held at the Assembly Rooms, Newcastle on 13 and 14th November.

For more information, please visit the User Group Meetings page.

21 Jun 2013CERC takes part in Carbon Capture and Storage modelling

CERC’s contribution to the 'CO2 capture Mongstad' project, a major venture overseen by Statoil Petroleum AS and Gassnova SF (the Norwegian State enterprise for carbon capture and storage), is ongoing.

Statoil and Gassnova are planning to equip the combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Mongstad refinery with post-combustion carbon capture, potentially using amine technology.

CERC’s current work comprises the modelling of a range of amine emissions profiles from Statoil’s testing programme, to determine their impact on air quality.

Please see http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/atmospheric%20dispersion.html for more information about the project.

7 Jun 2013Free toolkit for air quality model evaluation now available

The Myair Toolkit for Model Evaluation is now available to download free from the CERC website. The Myair Toolkit enables you to assess the performance of an air quality model against in situ observed data and produces a range of statistics and attractive report-ready graphs. As well as analysis of predicted model concentrations, a key feature of the Myair Toolkit is the analysis of model predictions in terms of pollution indices and pollution alert thresholds, which are important for air quality forecast models. The Myair Toolkit was developed by CERC during the EU FP7 project PASODOBLE, which finished in April 2013.

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