The WRFtoMet utility is now available as a stand-alone product. This utility extracts ADMS-format meteorological data input files from WRF mesoscale meteorological model output files. It was originally developed for use in the ADMS-Urban Regional Model Link system. As a stand-alone product, it may be useful for creating met data for ADMS or ADMS-Urban modelling in areas where measured meteorological data is unavailable, or for investigating future climate scenarios. More information can be found in the User Guide. Please contact CERC if you would like to purchase this utility or are interested in extracting meteorological data from a different regional model for use with any of the ADMS family of models.
A new version of Defra's Emissions Factors Toolkit (EFT) has been released recently. ADMS-Urban 4.0 and ADMS-Roads 4.0 incorporate the emission factors from version 6 of the EFT. We are currently working to provide the new EFT factors for ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads, and aim to make them available in the autumn for model users with a valid support contract.
More information is available about EFT version 7.0 from the Defra website.
CERC are providing forecasts of hourly power output for an operational wind turbine in a rural area near Inverurie, Scotland (see the map) for up to 4 days ahead. The predictions enable the turbine owner to plan energy usage. An example is shown in the figure. The live forecasts can be seen at the bottom of the CERC home page.
The forecasts are calculated using our own FLOWSTAR-Energy model to simulate air flow and turbulence accounting for the important effects of local terrain near the turbine site. Similar forecast services could be set up for both on-shore and off-shore sites anywhere in the world. FLOWSTAR-Energy can be used for individual turbines or for wind farms, simulating turbine wakes, their interaction and their effect on the flow field and wind energy resource. We would be delighted to discuss future projects so please contact us for more details.
Two of our team, Managing Director Dr David Carruthers and Stephen Smith, recently attended the 17th Harmo conference in Budapest. This conference aims to harmonise approaches to atmospheric dispersion modelling and model evaluation. They presented work on modelling agricultural and bioaerosol emissions with non-point sources and on a validation study of NOx plume chemistry in ADMS. Prof. Sarav Arunachalam from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also presented an assessment of air quality at Los Angeles International Airport that included modelling carried out in ADMS-Airport.
The 2016 survey of CERC Model Users is now open for responses. This year the survey asks users about how they use the models, about their views on the support and training services that CERC provide and about their suggestions for topics that should be discussed at the User Group Meetings in London on 9-10 November. Users of CERC models who would like to take part in the survey but have not received an email invitation can email CERC for a link to the survey. The survey will remain open for responses until the end of July.