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8 Sep 2017CERC sponsor Routes to Clean Air 2017

CERC are proud to sponsor the Institute of Air Quality Management's upcoming Routes to Clean Air 2017 conference to be held at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre on 24 - 25 October 2017.

The Routes to Clean Air conferences provide an opportunity for air quality, public health and transport professionals to share their experiences of improving air quality, particularly in urban areas. This year features an excellent selection of top experts in air quality and related fields presenting on a range of relevant topics including electric vehicles, NOx and NO2 emissions trends, Euro 6 emissions, pollutant health effects and air pollution mitigation scenario case studies.

Speaker details and information on how to register can be found on the IAQM website here.

CERC will be exhibiting at the conference, so come and find us to talk about the range of software and consultancy services we provide, or just say hello.

31 Jul 2017Run Manager 1.8 released

CERC's model run management software has just been updated and licence holders will be able to download the new version from the User Area.

Run Manager enables users to manage their model runs and make the most of their CERC software licence(s). You can run it on your local network allowing multiple modellers to submit, monitor progress and completion time estimates, & retrieve output from finished runs. Run Manager will queue runs and, in typical set ups, distribute them over a number of dedicated licensed runs machines, freeing up you own PC for other work.

Version 1.8 includes the following updates:

For more information about all the new features please see the What's New in Run Manager 1.8? guide.

For further information please contact us.

6 Jul 2017Registration is now open for the ADMS User Group Meetings, 1-2 November 2017, Birmingham

You can register now for the 2017 User Group Meetings, which will be held in Birmingham on 1st and 2nd November.

  • ADMS 5 User Group Meeting: 1st November
  • ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads User Group Meeting: 2nd November

These meetings will include the usual mix of presentations by CERC staff and software users and are the ideal opportunity to hear the latest news and advice on new model features. Users with a valid support contract are entitled to one or more delegate places free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Please contact CERC if there is a topic you would like to be covered at one of the meetings or if you would like to give a 'user view' presentation. More details will be published later in the year. Registration will remain open until 23rd October 2017.

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26 Jun 2017China-UK Urban Air Quality Management Workshop in Beijing

Air quality is one of the most critical environmental issues in China. CERC, in partnership with the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, held a China-UK Urban Air Quality Management Workshop in Beijing on 13 June 2017. There were 20 speakers at the event, with over 90 participants. The topics covered air quality forecasting, urban air quality management, urban traffic pollution, air quality and climate change, air quality modelling at regional and local scales, source apportionment shipping emissions etc. Speakers also shared the Swiss air quality management experience, as well as Asia experience. CERC Director Dr David Carruthers presented CERC's regional and local scales nested modelling approaches. Local fine scale models such as ADMS-Urban are particularly important when pollution mitigation scenarios are tested.

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15 May 2017Clean Air Zones

On 5 May the UK government published the principles for setting up new Clean Air Zones in England, which can include charges for older vehicles which do not meet emission standards such as Euro 6. Local authorities who propose Clean Air Zones must consider the sources of vehicle pollution in their area to ensure the zone design is appropriate to meet the air quality challenge.

CERC's ADMS-Urban and EMIT software are invaluable aids in these assessments, allowing:

  • Source apportionment of emissions and concentrations, for instance to determine the relative contributions from diesel cars below Euro 6 standard. Map 1 shows the proportion of total NOx concentration due to particular vehicle types at specific locations.
  • Assessment of the impact of measures, including changes in emissions and concentrations due to changes in road traffic flows and fleet composition. Map 2 shows the changes in emissions predicted from the implementation of a mitigation measure.

The two maps are taken from recent studies by CERC's consultancy team, who have extensive experience in assisting local authorities to assess air quality measures on challenging timescales. The ADMS-Urban and EMIT software tools are available for use in assessments by local authorities or consultants. For more information please contact CERC, and one of our technical consultants will be delighted to discuss your requirements.

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