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25 Jan 2018CERC at the recent Harmo18 conference in Bologna

David Carruthers and Amy Stidworthy recently attended the 18th Harmo conference in Bologna. This international conference aims to harmonise approaches to atmospheric dispersion modelling and model evaluation. They presented two papers: firstly on work using sensor data and inversion techniques to systematically reduce dispersion model error, including a Cambridge case study using CERC's ADMS-Urban dispersion model and AQMesh sensors; and secondly an evaluation of local and regional air quality forecasts for London, comparing CERC's local-scale airTEXT forecasts with regional-scale CAMS forecasts and monitoring data from the London Air Quality Network.

12 Dec 2017CERC research news

CERC conducts a wide range of environmental research and development projects. Recent work includes:

These are just some of the wide range of environmental research projects undertaken by CERC for local, national and international sponsors, collaborating with academic, government and commercial partners. Our research covers topics ranging from atmospheric dispersion, atmospheric chemistry, urban air quality, road traffic and emissions, to aviation, hazardous releases, wind energy, local climate and urban heat island modelling, the atmospheric boundary layer, model evaluation, and software development for web platforms and smart city applications.

For more information about our research, read our papers and publications, view our presentations, or contact us.

CERC's software user guides contain technical summaries of the scientific aspects of our software. More detailed scientific information is available in Technical Specifications for the ADMS 5, ADMS-Urban, ADMS-Roads and ADMS-Airport dispersion models and in published papers and reports.

30 Nov 2017Autumn 2017 editions of ADMS Model Newsletters now available

Catch up on ADMS model news in the Autumn 2017 editions of ADMS 5 & ADMS-Screen News and ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads News which are now available. The newsletters are published approximately twice a year and include the latest news about the ADMS models, the annual User Group Meetings, CERC activities, training courses and recently published papers as well as a page of useful modelling tips. Previous editions of the newsletters are available here.


24 Nov 2017High resolution air quality maps of Zagreb

This year, the Croatian environmental consultancy firm EKONERG completed an air quality modelling project for Zagreb City Office in which ADMS-Urban was used to model air pollution levels in Zagreb at street-scale resolution. EKONERG developed a local scale emissions inventory for the project and verified the model predictions at three urban background monitors within the city. The modelled concentrations of NO2 and PM10 were used as input to population exposure calculations.

The background concentration data used in the study were extracted by CERC from the CAMS European-scale air quality ensemble re-analysis product. These data were provided to EKONERG in .bgd file format, for direct inclusion in ADMS-Urban. If you are interested in obtaining European or global modelled background concentration data suitable for use with the ADMS models please contact us.

Follow this link to view the air quality map at higher resolution.

22 Nov 2017Emissions Factors Toolkit v8 is published by Defra

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs released a new version of the Emissions Factors Toolkit (EFT). Details of the updates in this new version are given on page 5 of the EFT user guide. The new version of the Excel spreadsheet and the user guide can be downloaded directly from the following links:

ADMS-Airport, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads incorporate the EFT emission datasets so that emission rates can be calculated from available traffic and speed data. CERC are currently working hard to process the new EFT datasets for inclusion with ADMS-Airport, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads v4.1.1, which we expect to release in early 2018 to users with current support. When we have a more exact date we will publish an updated news item on our website. The new model releases are primarily for the EFT, but there will also be a number of interface enhancements to help you with your work. Details will follow, closer to the release date.

We will also be updating EMIT in the new year with EFT 8. This will occur after the ADMS-Airport, ADMS-Urban & ADMS-Roads releases, and once again we will publish more details closer to the release date.

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