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Modelling future impacts of air pollution using the multi-scale UK Integrated Assessment Model (UKIAM)

Oxley, Tim; Dore, Anthony J.; ApSimon, Helen; Hall, Jane; Kryza, Maciej. 2013 Modelling future impacts of air pollution using the multi-scale UK Integrated Assessment Model (UKIAM). Environment International, 61. 17-35. 10.1016/j.envint.2013.09.009

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Abstract/Summary

Integrated assessment modelling has evolved to support policy development in relation to air pollutants and greenhouse gases by providing integrated simulation tools able to produce quick and realistic representations of emission scenarios and their environmental impacts without needing to re-run complex atmospheric dispersion models. The UK integrated assessment model has been developed to investigate strategies for reducing UK emissions by integrating information on projected UK emissions of SO2, NOX, NH3, PM10 and PM2.5, atmospheric dispersion, criteria for protection of ecosystems, urban air quality and human health, and data on potential abatement measures to reduce emissions, which may subsequently be linked to associated analyses of costs and benefits. We describe the multi-scale model structure ranging from continental to road-side, UK emissions sources, atmospheric dispersion of emissions, implementation of abatement measures, dynamic integration with European-scale modelling, and environmental impacts. The model generates outputs which are used to evaluate alternative strategies in relation to emissions, deposition patterns, air quality metrics and ecosystem critical load exceedance. Finally, we present a selection of scenarios in relation to the 2020 Business-As-Usual projections and identify potential further reductions beyond those currently being planned

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.envint.2013.09.009
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 2 - Biogeochemistry and Climate System Processes > BGC - 2.1 - Quantify & model processes that control the emission, fate and bioavailability of pollutants
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.1 - Develop temporally and spatially explicit risk assessment tools ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.3 - Deliver effective advice, models and applied science ...
CEH Sections: Billett (to November 2013)
Emmett
ISSN: 0160-4120
Additional Keywords: UKIAM, integrated assessment, model integration, air pollutants
NORA Subject Terms: Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 24 Mar 2014 15:57 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/506650

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