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Issue 470, 8 October 2001

Leeds partnership for cleaner air

A new partnership between Leeds City Council and the University will dramatically improve the way the city’s air quality is measured and analysed, and help combat air pollution through better management of urban traffic.

The partnership, involving the school of geography, the Institute for Transport Studies and the council, will allow for the exchange of research findings and other information such as databases of emission factors, modelled traffic flows, meteorological data and GIS maps.
Organisations will share resources, including monitoring and modelling equipment and specialised IT software. The aim is to improve the accuracy of prediction models, and provide a better understanding of the built environment in Leeds.

Senior research fellow Dr Gordon Mitchell said: “Both organisations will benefit from this pooling of resources, and the benefits will also extend to the people of Leeds, as improved environmental auditing techniques help create more efficient transport action plans to improve local air quality and reduce noise pollution.”

Executive board member responsible for environmental issues Councillor Elizabeth Minkin said: “This partnership means our drive to improve air quality will benefit from the top research facilities available at the University.”

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