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 - 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 - 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

Air quality management at airport consultancy

We provide consultancy on aviation and air quality, such as dispersion modelling and emissions inventory compilation for environmental impact assessment at airports. We also conduct research into aviation.

FEATURED SERVICES

Carbon Capture and Storage Modelling Services

CERC is involved in the ‘CO2 capture Mongstad’ project, a major venture overseen by Statoil Petroleum AS and Gassnova SF (the Norwegian State enterprise for carbon capture and storage). Statoil and Gassnova are planning to equip the combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Mongstad refinery on the west coast of Norway with post-combustion carbon capture, potentially using amine technology.

Industrial Permitting Services

CERC uses the ADMS industrial pollution model to carry out a huge variety of air quality assessments for the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) and Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), planning applications and risk assessments, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. CERC's GASTAR model is used for dense gas emissions.

FEATURED SOFTWARE

CERC - ADMS-Airport - Air Pollution Modelling Software

ADMS-Airport is a comprehensive tool for managing air quality at airports. It is an extension of the ADMS-Urban model, designed to model the concentration of pollutants at airports in rural or complex urban environments.

CERC - 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 - ADMS-Roads - Standard Courses

The course aims to introduce the ADMS-Roads software as a tool for assessing air quality near a small road network, using worked examples to develop familiarity with main model input parameters and output, based on modelling small numbers of pollution sources. The course considers the choice and use of meteorological data with ADMS-Roads, the use of an emissions inventory database for storing larger numbers of road sources, the selection of background ...

CERC - EMIT - 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

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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