Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) is the leading provider of environmental modelling software and services, including the ADMS range of software for industrial and urban air quality management. Our software development team continues development of ADMS, GASTAR, FLOWSTAR and EMIT and provides custom made products. Our consulting team can help in assessing a variety of environmental problems. These include local air quality assessment, greenhouse gas inventories, wind energy calculations and noise mapping.

About Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants

Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants was established in 1985 with the aim of making use of new developments in environmental research from Cambridge University and elsewhere for practical purposes.

The company is an SME (small and medium enterprise) with over 20 high level technical consultants. It has two technical directors at the forefront of their fields: Professor Julian Hunt, FRS, who acts as chairman, and Dr. David Carruthers, who is CERC's Managing and Technical Director. The Financial Director is Tim Newton. The company offices are located opposite King's College in the centre of Cambridge.

Environmental software
CERC has a leading position in environmental software development and associated consultancy. This has been achieved by encapsulating advanced scientific research into a number of computer models, providing user-friendly front-ends on PC based Windows platforms. The most well known of these is the Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling System (ADMS), of which there are now hundreds of licensed users worldwide. Other models include EMIT (atmospheric emissions), GASTAR for dense gas releases, LSMS for liquid spills and FLOWSTAR for flow over complex terrain with wind energy applications.

Developers of ADMS
The ADMS suite of models developed by CERC includes ADMS-Screen, ADMS 5, ADMS-Roads, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Airport; these models cater for problems of different complexity. ADMS-Screen is used to assess the potential impact of a single point source, ADMS 5 for assessing impacts of industrial sites, ADMS-Roads for road traffic emissions and ADMS-Urban is an air quality management system for complex combinations of emissions as occur in urban areas. ADMS-Airport was used to model impacts of emissions at London Heathrow Airport in advance of the consultation on the proposal for a third runway.

Consultancy services
CERC provides a range of consultancy services using both its own and third party models. These include assessment of the impact of industrial emissions, for example to support an IPPC application, and assessment of the impact of traffic emissions generated by a proposed development, for example as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for planning purposes. CERC has an active role in supporting Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) Review and Assessment work for local authorities, and extensive experience in emissions management and the compilation of emissions inventories of both toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Environmental research
CERC undertakes research projects for Government Departments and Agencies and the European Union. Recent examples include the 18 month EuropeAid project Preparation of national emission reduction and ambient air quality assessment programmes, to assist the Republic of Lithuania in developing their system for emission control, air quality assessment and management and the setting up of an air quality forecasting system in Beijing in advance of the Olympic Games in 2008 for the European Space Agency (ESA).

Some of CERC's clients

  • well known companies, such as BP, Johnson Matthey, Savills, BAA, British Sugar, Mouchel Dalkia, Jacobs;
  • UK government departments and agencies (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for Transport (DfT), Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Highways Agency);
  • local government (a significant proportion of UK local authorities use ADMS-Urban for air quality review and assessment);
  • international government departments, agencies and consultancies (e.g. European Union, Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA), ESA);
  • universities and government institutes—research applications of CERC software and collaborative research.

Projects have been undertaken in numerous countries including many in Europe, China including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, India and the USA.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

UVIC - Model MkIV - High Sensitivity Vapour Detection System

CERC is delighted to have reached an agreement with ARID to publicise ARID's high density vapour detection system UVIC Mk IV. This state-of-the-art photo-ionisation detector operates under full micro-processor control, features ample on-board memory, internal rechargeable battery and has a generous-sized visual display for data examination.

CERC - Model FLOWSTAR - Airflow and Turbulence Calculator for Wind Energy

The CERC model FLOWSTAR is designed to calculate the impact of complex terrain on mean airflow and turbulence at very high resolution, taking into account changes in both surface elevation and surface roughness.

FEATURED APPLICATIONS

Odour nuisance assessment for agricultural facilities

Assessment of odour impacts from agricultural facilities is increasingly required for planning and IPPC/EPR permitting.

CERC carries out odour impact assessments to investigate odour nuisance complaints, to predict the likely impact of new and existing facilities, and to evaluate the impact and cost effectiveness of various odour control strategies.

In order to carry out a robust assessment of odour impact, whether to evaluate a proposed facility or get to grips with an odour nuisance problem,...

FEATURED SERVICES

Noise Mapping Service

Noise mapping is an integral part of developing an ambient noise strategy, and for ensuring that current and future noise levels are in compliance with existing UK and EU legislative standards.

Accidental Releases and COMAH

CERC carries out a wide variety of assessments to look into the likely impact of accidental releases to air. These scenarios are often complex, requiring investigation of emission characteristics and the dispersion pathways under different meteorological conditions, as well as the use of CERC's models.

FEATURED SOFTWARE

CERC - Version ADMS-Puff 1.4 - Advanced Software for Dispersion Modelling Dense & Passive Releases in Spatially Varying Meteorology

ADMS-Puff uses a Lagrangian puff methodology to model the fate of dense and passive gas releases. ADMS-Puff can use temporally and spatially varying meteorological data from the WRF model, or simple surface data. ADMS-Puff can also account for the impact of complex terrain: hills and variable surface roughness. ADMS-Puff calculates snapshots of instantaneous air concentration along with a time integrated dose. These concentrations can be compared ...

CERC - Version ADMS-Star 1.0 - Advanced Software for Modelling Short-term Accidental Releases

ADMS-STAR uses a Lagrangian puff methodology to model the fate of explosive or finite duration releases to atmosphere. ADMS-STAR can use temporally and spatially varying meteorological data from the WRF model, vertical profiles of meteorological data or simple surface data. ADMS-STAR can also account for the impact of complex terrain: hills, variable surface roughness; and marine effects. ADMS-STAR calculates instantaneous air concentration and ...

FEATURED TRAINING

CERC - Standard Courses

The aim of the ADMS-Urban training course is to introduce the ADMS-Urban software as a tool for assessing air quality across large areas, using worked examples to develop familiarity with main model input parameters and output, based on modelling small numbers of pollution sources.

CERC - Standard Courses

It is aimed primarily at anyone collating data on large numbers of sources releasing emissions to air, including the calculation of emissions. One example is local authorities involved in the review and assessment process. In brief, EMIT is an EMissions Inventory Tool, which can be used to store, manipulate and assess emissions data from a variety of sources. EMIT may be used to investigate the impact on emissions of various emission reduction ...

FEATURED DOWNLOADS

FEATURED EVENTS

ADMS 5 User Group Meeting

User group meetings are held annually, one for ADMS 5 and one for ADMS-Urban & Roads. The day offers the opportunity to: hear about the latest model developments and customer support; talk informally with CERC developers and support staff; network with other model users. User group meetings are aimed primarily at users of ADMS 5, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads. They may also be of interest to those who would like to learn more about using ...

ADMS-Urban & Roads User Group Meeting

User group meetings are held annually, one for ADMS 5 and one for ADMS-Urban & Roads. The day offers the opportunity to: hear about the latest model developments and customer support; talk informally with CERC developers and support staff; network with other model users. User group meetings are aimed primarily at users of ADMS 5, ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads. They may also be of interest to those who would like to learn more about using ...

INDUSTRIES SERVED

Company details

Business Type:
Software - Developer

Industry Type:
Air and Climate - Air Pollution Treatment

Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Year Founded:
1985

Employees:
11-100

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