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The integration of Air Quality Monitoring & Modelling and Intelligent Transport Sytems - Leicester (UK)

Lookup NU author(s): Nicholas Hodges, Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE


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Leicester identified traffic as the main source of air pollution with adverse impacts on health. For 10 years Leicester has progressively integrated “nested” European, Regional and Local Air Quality Monitoring and Modelling Systems (AQM) with data from Air Quality Monitoring Stations, roadside pollution monitors, weather stations and the meteorological services together with Intelligent Transport Systems which provides a rich source of monitored, realtime and archived traffic data, from the Urban Traffic and Management Control including the Split Cycle Off-set Optimisation Technique, MIDAS Motorway traffic data, and Automatic Classified Vehicle Counting systems. The introduction of “WebServices” and “Open Systems Architecture” with Geographical Information System, together with the MESSAGE Project’s ‘Grid enabled’ “e-Science” infrastructure, will enhance the existing Information Society Technology communications and the output of the “nested” AQM to improve the assessment of the impact of traffic on air and noise quality, the environment and health. This will also inform the Climate Change Strategy and the City’s Carbon Footprint via the “4M” project. “Nowcasts” and “Forecasts” of air and noise pollution are being developed to influence public choice on time/mode of travel and assist in the management of the road network in an environmentally friendly manner to satisfy the requirements of the Ambient Air Quality and Access to Environmental Information Directives and the Aarhus Agreement.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hodges NJM, Bell MC

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unknown

Conference Name: 17th International Symposium - Transport and Air Pollution

Year of Conference: 2008