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8 Oct 2020Consultancy Position

We are seeking a full-time Air Quality / Environmental Consultant to join the CERC consultancy team.

The successful candidate will be working on different types of consultancy projects, as well as supporting our customers through our model helpdesk service and training courses.

For more details see the job description. The closing date is 23 Oct 2020.


8 Oct 2020Registration is now open for the ADMS User Group Meetings, 18–19 November 2020, Online

The annual ADMS User Group Meetings are a great opportunity to hear the latest ADMS model news and advice from CERC consultants and model developers and to hear talks by model users about their own applications of the software. Normally held as two one-day meetings, with one day for ADMS 5 users and one day for ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads users, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are holding a two-day meeting online for all users of ADMS software.

Tickets are available to order through Eventbrite until 23:30 on Sunday 15th November and cover the full two-day event. Organisations with a valid software support contract are entitled to one or more tickets free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Meeting connection details will be sent to registered participants before the event. The draft programme will be published soon.


7 Oct 2020Clean Air Day – 8th October

The 8th October 2020 is Clean Air Day, a UK-wide campaign to improve public understanding of air pollution and its effects on our health, while promoting easy actions we can take to help tackle it. We are encouraged to make a pledge to reduce air pollution on this day, such as working from home, giving cars a day off or avoiding domestic fires. CERC staff are continuing to work from home almost every day, due to COVID-19 restrictions, while contributing to scientific and public understanding of air pollution.

During the COVID-19 lockdown we experienced cleaner air due to widespread shifts to low pollution behaviours. CERC quantified emission reductions in London using inverse modelling techniques, with emissions up to mid-July remaining at less than 50% of average levels from January to early March (see figure). CERC's air quality forecasting services including airTEXT for Greater London, Chelmsford, Colchester and Cambridge inform the public of the daily variation in air quality, along with high-resolution maps which can be used to identify lower-pollution routes for active transport in their local area.

The online event Clean Air Day Live will include a special focus on the relationship between coronavirus and air pollution, and the new possibilities our changed habits have opened up for the future. To find out more, go to www.cleanairday.org.uk, or tweet @cleanairdayuk #CleanAirDay to get involved.

16 Sep 2020ADMS-Roads online training now available

CERC are now offering online training for the model ADMS-Roads. Several dates are available in the coming months; please refer to the Training page for specific dates and prices. If you are interested in attending online ADMS-Roads training, please email training@cerc.co.uk.

11 Sep 202027% of schools are in areas exceeding WHO air quality guidelines

New analysis by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) found that 8,549 educational establishments (27% of all schools, nurseries and colleges) are situated in areas which exceed recommended air pollution guidelines. CERC, commissioned by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, found that these establishments are in areas with average levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that are above the guideline recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (10μg/m3 for the annual average).

CERC used existing modelled PM2.5 data published by the UK Government as part of their responsibilities under the Environment Act 1995. CERC used predicted annual average PM2.5 data for 2019; these data do not include effects from the COVID-19 'lockdown'. These data have a spatial resolution of 1 km x 1 km, and therefore represent 'background' levels of PM2.5. These data give a representative indication of expected PM2.5 levels across the whole of the UK at sufficient resolution to provide good evidence; however they do not capture hyperlocal spatial variations in PM2.5 levels caused by road traffic.

The research covers England, Scotland and Wales. Postcodes for schools were extracted from the Scottish government school statistics and the English and Welsh government register of schools and colleges. In total, 31,979 schools and colleges were included.

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation want the government to commit to a stronger and safer new legal limit for PM2.5 in the Environment Bill in line with WHO guidelines.

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