An approach to represent air quality in 3D digital city models for air quality-related transport planning in urban areas

El Said M. Zahran, Lloyd D. Bennett, Martin J. Smith

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Abstract

The negative impacts of urban traffic growth are well known: congestion, increased air pollution, more traffic noise, etc. Humans most easily appreciate what their senses can directly sense; they can readily see, and even hear, traffic congestion, and can hear traffic noise, but inevitably they are much less aware of odourless, invisible, silent air pollution. Therefore, quite naturally, people - whether the general public or transport professionals - struggle to visualise air pollution from traffic, and will find it particularly difficult to visualise changes in air pollution levels resulting from changes in traffic conditions due to the implementation of urban transport schemes. Hence there is always a risk of the air quality impacts of potential urban transport schemes being under-appreciated. Using a specific area of the UK city of Nottingham as a case study, research has been undertaken to integrate an air pollution dispersion model for the pollutant NO2 and a 3D digital city model of the case study area, and then to represent the modelled NO2 concentrations at various heights above the ground as, firstly, a 3D point array, and then, secondly, as 3D volumetric clouds, using the analogy of people's perceptions of grey clouds in the sky as representing undesirable weather.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEG-ICE 2010 - 17th International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering
EditorsWalid Tizani
PublisherNottingham
ISBN (Electronic)9781907284601
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering, EG-ICE 2010 - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20102 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameEG-ICE 2010 - 17th International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering

Conference

Conference17th International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering, EG-ICE 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNottingham
Period30/06/102/07/10

Keywords

  • 3D city models
  • Air pollution modelling
  • Interface
  • Transport schemes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Engineering (all)

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