Improving Air Quality in Scotland's Cities

Cars in a traffic jam

Poor environmental air quality has profound negative impact on human health. The Statistics and Data Analytics group has an integrated thematic approach to the statistical modelling of air and water environmental data. The statistical emulator for the complex urban air quality model (ADMS) has enabled SEPA to quantify the compliance failure risk to national and international air quality regulations under different emission and transport scenarios. Scotland’s National Modelling Framework incorporated this emulator in the design, development and evaluation of low emission zones (LEZ) in Scottish cities, the first of which came into effect in Glasgow in December 2018. Statistical modelling by the Statistics and Data Analytics group is also changing governmental policy through its public health evaluability assessment of the LEZ’s.