Modelling and forecasting

Modelling and forecasting

Monitoring, modelling and forecasting for effective air quality management

Ricardo is one of Europe’s leading air quality modelling and forecasting centres of specialist expertise. 

We have a long-standing track record in providing air quality modelling services to support a wide and comprehensive range of requirements. From detailed local scale dispersion modelling assessments in support of planning or permitting  requirements through to national scale modelling for the UK Government and other international agencies.

Our modelling systems provide policy support for the UK Government in meeting its obligations to assess air quality and deliver plans to improve air quality and reduce the impacts throughout the country.  We designed, managed and operated the UK’s Air Quality Forecasting system for over 10 years.  We are now rolling out these models to provide evidence in support of air quality action planning for cities in the Middle East and China. We are experts in using and developing all the critical air quality modelling systems, including:

  • ADMS 5 and ADMS Roads
  • AERMOD and AERMET
  • CMAQ
  • CALPUFF
  • MAAQ/Pollution Climate Model (Ricardo’s bespoke model for UK-wide air quality)
  • RapidAir® (Ricardo’s bespoke urban model)
  • WRF

We provide detailed air quality analysis to support high quality, responsible developments on behalf of developers, process operators and planning authorities. We work on the most challenging and high profile plans and projects, including airports, onshore oil and gas and waste to energy installations, as well as development and delivering compliance with air quality standards in cities and at a national level throughout the world.

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