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Using an integrated data platform to evaluate the environmental impact of events and ITS interventions

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Margaret Carol Bell CBE, Dr Fabio Galatioto, Dr Graeme Hill


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This paper provides an overview of the Newcastle University Integrated Database and Assessment Platform of monitored and modelled traffic, meteorological conditions and pollution (air and noise) data and presents results from its application in a demand responsive control area in the UK. The data platform operates in real-time and has an archive capability which allows the current status to be compared with the ‘typical’ or ‘expected’ profile and thus to quantify the differences in congestion and emissions (carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, particulates and carbon monoxide) of events, ITS technology implementation and interventions for air quality management and carbon emissions reduction. Given the launch of the real-time aspect of this integrated data platform is anticipated in 2011, the assessment capability is demonstrated, in this paper, by retrospective analysis of a decade of similar historic data available to Newcastle University captured from the Leicester City network. The results suggest that the relative impacts of air pollution and carbon emissions of policy interventions are different and the particular results presented here demonstrated that policy interventions during the decade of implementation, created up to 10% benefits in terms of the reduction in carbon dioxide, but over the decade studied increase in traffic and associated congestion has eroded all the benefits achieved by the vehicle emissions technologies.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bell MC, Galatioto F, Hill G, Rose P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 18th ITS World Congress

Year of Conference: 2011