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EPSRC Reference: EP/C532651/2
Title: Pollutants in the Urban Environment (PUrE) - Main Study
Principal Investigator: Azapagic, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Kapelan, Professor Z Broadmeadow, Mr M Fletcher, Dr T
Straw, Dr N Hutchings, Mr T Thomas, Professor HR
Robins, Professor A Jackson, Professor T Sharifi, Professor VN
Cleall, Professor PJ Freer-Smith, Professor P Dowie, Professor J
Leonardi, Dr G Evans, Professor H Swithenbank, Professor J
Jefferis, Professor S Savic, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Arup Group Ltd Building Research Establishment (BRE) Codel International Ltd
Environment Agency (Grouped) Golder Associates (International) Health Protection Agency
Neath Port Talbot County Regional Province of Siracusa, Sicily Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH & Co Thames Chase Community Woodland UK Water Industry Research Ltd
University of Strathclyde WRc plc
Department: Chem Eng and Analytical Science
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 August 2006 Ends: 31 July 2009 Value (£): 1,519,395
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Assess/Remediate Contamination Urban & Land Management
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Transport Systems and Vehicles
Environment Water
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Summary on Grant Application Form
There is a need to assess the sustainability of urban activities, and for a more holistic approach to the evaluation and management of urban pollution. The current practices are seldom well integrated, and are often media-specific. New initiatives are required to address the linkages between different environmental media, and deal more effectively with diffuse pollution arising from a range of urban activities.The PUrE research project will consider the 'urban environment' as an integrated system, and will address the environmental, economic and health implications of multiple forms of pollution. The aim of the PUrE project is to develop an integrated assessment framework that will fulfil three criticaltasks:1. mapping the flow of pollutants associated with human activities;2. modelling the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment; and3. understanding the impacts of urban pollution on human and ecological health.The PUrE approach can be envisaged as a decision-support framework which provides a useful suite of models and tools, linked to a variety of GIS enabled datasets, to help end-users (regulators, industry, researchers) to conduct assessments, ranging from simple screening studies, to detailed modelling of different urban scenarios and prediction of possible impacts of urban pollution.This new framework would provide a more effective means to: examine the effects of diffuse pollution; assess the implications of new policy measures; evaluate the sustainability of changes to products or processes; and understand the behaviour of key pollutants in the urban environment.
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