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Current and future work: the ACTUAL and ClearfLo projects. ACTUAL. A dvanced C limate T echnology U rban A tmospheric L aboratory (5 years, started March 2009). “Buildings don’t just withstand climate, they change it” Aim: to challenge urban engineering practice

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Current and future work the actual and clearflo projects

Current and future work: the ACTUAL and ClearfLo projects


Actual

ACTUAL

Advanced Climate Technology Urban Atmospheric Laboratory

(5 years, started March 2009)

“Buildings don’t just withstand climate, they change it”

Aim: to challenge urban engineering practice

by incorporating urban climate knowledge

Funded by EPSRC under the Challenging Engineering programme


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ACTUAL

Advanced Climate Technology Urban Atmospheric Laboratory

Z ~ 9H

zBT =

190 m

Objectives:

1) Set up ACTUAL measurements:

Platform 1: remote sensing

* Doppler lidar

* Sodar, with Stuart Bradley at Uni. Of Auckland

* Comparison with scintillometerdeployed by Sue Grimmond at King’s College London

Platform 2: Westminster City Council roof (since Oct 2006)

Platform 3: BT Tower

Platform 4: Wind tunnel simulations (Uni. of Surrey), collaboration with A. Robins

  • Deployment spring 2010

  • Data available throughout website by autumn 2010

Z ~ 2-3H

Z = H


Actual2

ACTUAL

Advanced Climate Technology Urban Atmospheric Laboratory

2) Assess the validity and impact of urban climate simulation (partners: The Met Office, Peter Clark)


Actual3

ACTUAL

Advanced Climate Technology Urban Atmospheric Laboratory

3) Quanifythe effect of building layout and design on urban climate (Partners: Arup, Jake Hacker, Andrew Allsop)


Actual4

ACTUAL

Advanced Climate Technology Urban Atmospheric Laboratory

4) Determine the effect of urban climate on energy supply and demand (with Tim Cockerill at Imperial College)


Clearflo

ClearfLo

  • NERC funded consortium, £2.8million over 3 years, combined meteorological and chemical observations and modelling

  • Start date January 2010

  • Regular Knowledge Exchange meetings, part hosted by APRIL

  • Two Intensive Observation Periods (summer/winter pollution episodes, TBC)


Clearflo1

ClearfLo

  • Objectives are to:

  • Establish an infrastructure for air quality research

  • Measure a meteorological and chemical “climatology” of London

  • Determine meteorological and chemical processes governing concentrations

  • Focus on ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulates

  • Evaluate air quality modelling (WRF-CMAQ)


Current and future work the actual and clearflo projects

  • Sites: central London; urban background (NK); rural (Chilbolton, Harwell, Detling)

  • O3, CO, NOx, PM, SO2 existing; add AMS for particulate species on BT Tower. DOAS for NOx profiles through boundary layer

  • Add eddy covariance (fluxes), scintillometer (path averaged heat fluxes), ceilometer (boundary layer depth)

  • Sites at different heights (NK, MR – street; KCL – rooftop; BT – 190m)

  • Medium term measurements (2 years) integrating study of met and chemical processes


Clearflo2

ClearfLo

  • Principal Investigator: Prof. Stephen Belcher at Uni. of Reading

  • Collaborators: York, Leeds, Manchester, Salford, Hertfordshire, KCL, UEA, Birmingham, Reading, NCAS

  • Contact: [email protected] more info


A growing urban observatory

A growing “urban observatory”

  • DAPPLE project rooftop site (continuous since October 2006) turbulencewww.dapple.org.uk

  • REPARTEE BT Tower and Regent’s Park gas, particulates, boundary layer turbulence (2007) http://www.cas.manchester.ac.uk/research/projects/cityflux/repartee/

  • BT Tower measurements (Oct 2006 to May 2008) Water vapour,CO2, turbulence

  • ISB52 – rural/urban transition boundary layer turbulence

  • LUCID – running Met Office Unified Model at 250 m resolution over London heat fluxes, temperature, heatwaveswww.lucid-project.org.uk

  • Sue Grimmond at King’s College London: urban micrometeorology http://geography.kcl.ac.uk/micromet/Index.htm

  • Ralf Toumi/Claire McConnell at Imperial (ALERT, OPAL project)


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