West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme (WM-Air) receives funding
The West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme (WM-Air), led by the University of Birmingham, has been announced as one of two projects to receive up to £4 million each over five years as part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC’s) Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) initiative, with supplementary funding coming from project partners of the member institutions providing an additional £1 million. As one of these institutions, Temple Group has pledged its support to the project and looks forward to being involved in what promises to be an interesting journey with one of the world’s top 100 universities.
The WM-Air project has set itself the challenge of bringing together a multi-disciplinary team to tackle regional air quality issues and to develop a set of policy tools which can be applied to other regions within the UK and around the world. It will improve understanding through enhanced monitoring, detailed regional air dispersion modelling and health impact studies, which it will combine with economic studies to determine the overall impacts of potential policy measures and investigation into and application of the use of Green Infrastructure.
The project is led by Professor William Bloss at the University of Birmingham’s School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and is supported by a wide range of project partners including Government Bodies, major infrastructure operators, the NHS and several top consultancies. One of the outcomes of the WM-Air project will be the production of air quality policy toolkits, which will be developed and rolled out in other regions via a team of “embedded researchers” in order to create a legacy of improved air quality, economic and societal wellbeing in regions across the globe.