Improved Prediction of West Midlands Vehicle Emissions

Road traffic is a key source of air pollution in the West Midlands; in particular it is the dominant source of NO2.  Current approaches use emissions factors, which suffer from a lack of accuracy in comparison to real world vehicle behaviour. Emissions factors also largely disregard driver behaviour.  On road real world emissions measurements using EDAR technology has been identified as producing information of particular value in formulating policy. 

WM-Air and its partners will apply research to assess real world vehicle-by-vehicle emissions within Birmingham and develop new, acceleration based emission factors which will allow the impacts of driver behaviour to be more realistically considered. 

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Prof Francis Pope

  • Professor of Atmospheric Science, Programme lead for Environmental Science
  • Institute of Global Innovation (IGI) Fellow
  • BIFoR Interdisciplinary Fellow in Atmospheric Science

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