Projects

Joaquin (Joint Air Quality Initiative)

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Instrumentation for fingerprinting air at the University of Leicester, determining the detailed composition of particular pollutants.
Joaquin is an EU cooperation project supported by the INTERREG IVB North West Europe. The objective of this project is to support health policy focused on air quality in Europe. Within Joaquin, University of Leicester air quality scientists are working with Leicester City Council to bring about change through Capacity Building (delivery of a new measurement station with a focus on ultra-fine particles and black carbon) and provision of a data management system. New policy measures are being evaluated with the Council’s air quality and traffic teams related to bus and intelligent traffic management solutions.

Geotech Small Sensor development

The University is working with small sensor provider Geotech to demonstrate the value of high-density networks for measuring air quality. A number of demonstration experiments are underway to measure air quality impacts from differing interventions (e.g. road rebuilding, traffic timing, anti-idling) to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. Work is underway to explore validation of small-scale modelling of air quality measures e.g. green infrastructure.

Airborne Air Quality Mapper (AAQM)

in collaboration with Bluesky

Leicester scientists have installed their groundbreaking pollutiondetecting technology in a plane to map air quality over cities. Using a sophisticated air quality measuring spectrometer, images show how levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) vary over a city at metre-scale resolution – revealing the differences in air quality between green, wooded areas and busy road junctions and areas of industry. The imagery is useful for national and local government decision makers in evaluating air quality compliance and designing policy measures, including the siting of low emission zones.

Clean Air for London (ClearfLo)

The ClearfLo project was a collaborative scientific project involving several universities in the UK, to set up air pollution monitoring sites alongside meteorological measurements to investigate boundary layer pollution across London. The ambition of ClearfLo was to provide long-term integrated measurements of the meteorology, composition and particulate loading of London’s urban atmosphere, made at street level and at elevated sites, complemented by modelling to improve predictive capability for air quality. University of Leicester atmospheric scientists were involved in two intensive observation periods (winter 2012 and summer Olympics 2012), deploying novel spectroscopic measurements and ground-based instrumentation.

uTRAQ: Urban Traffic and Air Quality

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Air Quality model of the City of Leicester. Colours indicate areas of higher concentration of pollutants. Such information may be used in air quality management systems.
The uTRAQ system is designed to help towns and cities manage air quality by employing traffic management strategies which consider how vehicle emissions will disperse given the current climatic conditions. The uTRAQ project is funded by the ESA Integrated Applications Programme, and is led by the UK’s Transport Research Laboratories. The University of Leicester is delivering an air quality model to the uTRAQ programme which will be used to assess the impact on NO2 concentrations of a variety of traffic strategies. University of Leicester air quality scientists are deploying 50 bespoke sensors around Leicester and Northampton to monitor air quality. These monitoring data will be used to validate a highly innovative real-time air quality modelling capability for the two cities. The measurements will ultimately inform traffic management policies across the two cities.

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