Air Pollution Monitoring and Early Warning Platform for Guangdong
China's Pearl River Delta agglomeration in Guangdong is the largest urban area in the world. Despite significant regional investment into improving the environment, the magnitude of the problems faced frequently results in hazardous air pollution levels being reached.
A new project bringing together UK and Chinese air quality experts will, for the first time in Guangdong, forecast air quality at very high (street level) resolution and disseminate both real time and forecast air quality together with high pollution alerts via an integrated smart platform. The project couples the WRF/CMAQ regional models with the state-of-the-art ADMS-Urban local model. The project will enable the development and testing of air pollution control strategies both for short-term episodes and for longer term improvement of the air quality. The system will be tested and optimised using reference air quality monitors already in place and additional innovative low cost, small sensors deployed by the project.
This 24 month project is led by CERC and Guangzhou HKUST FYTRI Research Institute, and is funded by Innovate UK and the Guangdong Science and Technology Department. The team are working with local stakeholders such as Environmental Monitoring Centers, businesses and universities to ensure the project benefits policymakers, urban planners and the residents of Guangdong.