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5 Feb 2020Investigating emission limits for the Norwegian Environment Agency

The Norwegian Environment Agency has commissioned CERC to study how air concentration benchmarks for specific metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) correspond to annual emissions to air from a particular source.

In Norway, the major industrial sources of these emissions are non-ferrous metal industries such as aluminium and manganese production. Other contributors include graphite producers, inorganic chemical manufacturers and oil and gas refineries.

The key question in the study is how much can be emitted for a given set of emission parameters before the concentration benchmarks are reached? The answer will be determined through modelling using CERC's industrial dispersion model ADMS 5.

The Norwegian Environment Agency will use the results for screening, to decide whether detailed dispersion modelling is required for a specific facility.


29 Jan 2020Breathe London wins Smart 50 Award

The Breathe London project has won a Smart 50 Award from Smart Cities Connect, in the Digital Transformation category. These annual awards recognize global smart cities projects, honouring the most innovative and influential work.

In the project Google Earth Outreach have equipped two of their iconic Street View cars with air quality sensors. These have taken pollution readings approximately every 30 metres whilst they travelled through London's streets over one year. Meanwhile, 100 state-of-the-art fixed sensor pods have been mounted on lampposts and buildings across London.

CERC's renowned ADMS-Urban model is being used together with the sensor data to generate hyper-local air quality mapping both for nowcasts and forecasts, and to deliver new insight into the sources of pollution. The data generated by this new network is available for the public to view on an interactive online map built by CERC on the Breathe London website. The map shows Londoners the condition of the air they are currently breathing.

The project consortium is led by the Environmental Defense Fund, and includes CERC, ACOEM Air Monitors, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory and Google Earth Outreach. The Breathe London award will be presented at the 2020 Smart 50 Awards Gala, which takes place during April in Denver, Colorado.

19 Dec 2019Reducing plastic waste in our office environment

Here at the CERC offices in Cambridge, we have implemented multiple measures to reduce the use of plastic as part of our good sustainability practice. For example, wipes are no longer used anywhere in the office. All liquid soap bottles are replenished using a supply chain entirely based on refills. Everyday plastic waste is encouraged to be recycled in bins placed strategically throughout the office. All purchased milk is delivered in reusable glass bottles. Only dishwasher tablets wrapped in fully biodegradable/compostable wraps are consumed. Environmentally friendly cleaning agents are used and then restocked on a refill basis. Paper bags are provided for sanitary use.

Concern for the environment and promoting a broader sustainability agenda are integral to our professional activities and the management of our organisation. For example, our staff use green transport options whenever possible, with about 80% cycling or walking to work, and most others using public transport. CERC has a Sustainability Statement, which can be issued upon request.

12 Dec 2019Software development vacancy

We are seeking an enthusiastic software developer to join the CERC scientific development team. The successful candidate will be working primarily on a ground-breaking new research tool for UK universities based on ADMS. The majority of the scientific programming undertaken at CERC is written in Fortran, but products are also developed in Python, R, MATLAB and Excel.

For more details see the job description.


20 Nov 20192019 ADMS User Group Meetings – presentations are available to download

Following this year's ADMS User Group Meetings, which took place in Oxford on 13-14 November, 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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