ClearfLo: Clean Air for London

Lead Research Organisation: University of East Anglia
Department Name: Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Poor air quality, particularly in urban areas, has a demonstrable effect on human health, but the processes responsible for producing the main pollutants, namely particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and heat are not well understood and are poorly predicted. The ambition of ClearfLo is to provide integrated measurements of the meteorology, composition and particulate loading of London's urban atmosphere, made at street level and at elevated sites, complemented by modelling, to improve predictive capability for air quality. This ambition will be addressed by establishing new measurement capabilities in London, which will be used for long-term measurements and intensive observation periods, and by analysis and modelling of the measurements to establish key processes.

Publications

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Bohnenstengel S (2015) Meteorology, Air Quality, and Health in London: The ClearfLo Project in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

 
Description As part of the Clean Air for London (Clearflo) project, scientists from the University of East Anglia made atmospheric measurements of alkyl nitrates, halocarbons, formaldehyde and peroxy acetyl nitrate in London during the winter and summer Intensive Observational Periods.
Exploitation Route These measurements have fed into the data interpretation phase of the project.
Sectors Environment

 
Description We were are small part of the Clearflo project and provided data the consortium. In addition our data have been used by an undergraduate for their 3rd year project and by a PhD student for part of their research project.
Sector Environment
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Title Data from Clearflo campaigns 
Description As part of both the winter and summer Clearflo campaigns in London we have collected data on alkyl nitrates, formaldehyde and peroxy acetyl nitrate which is available via the BADC. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact These data have contributed to the overall scientific analysis of the Clearflo consortium project. 
URL http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/
 
Description Radio interview on air pollution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This was an interview on BBC Radio Norfolk linked to a news item on air quality standards not being met in King's Lynn. It will have informed public debate.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description TV interview on air pollution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This was a short interview on BBC Look East that was part of a larger news item on a large scale pollution event that was affecting much of the country. It will have informed public debate.

None known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014