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Professional course

Air Quality Dispersion Modelling

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
One day session
Delivered through presentations and interactive workshops
Programme leader:
Dr Jo Barnes, Air Quality Management Resource Centre

Page last updated 26 November 2019


The Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management is pleased to offer a new suite of Air Quality short courses. This new suite consists of five one day courses covering the following topics:

Individuals are invited to book on as many or few of the days as they wish. The courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) and UWE CPD certificates are available on completion.

If you wish to book onto All 5 Days please see 'How to Apply', below, for the Booking Form

What does it cover?

This course provides an understanding of the theory and practice of using dispersion models to replicate the behaviour of pollution in the atmosphere. The course will explain the rationale behind air quality modelling using examples of particular models to describe the ways in which they are used and highlight some of the potential limitations and problems associated with them.

The course also provides a basic introduction to model input data, the basic principles and assumptions involved and the concepts of model validation, verification and adjustment, including worked examples of a modelling scenario in ADMS-Roads and the verification and adjustment process.

This course would be of value to anyone interested or involved in the use of local-scale atmospheric dispersion modelling.

Who is it for?

The courses will be of interest to practitioners and policy makers involved in air quality management in:

  • Environmental health/protection
  • Public health
  • Transport
  • Land-use planning

Accreditations and partnerships:



This course will cover the following areas:

  • Rationale for Air Quality Modelling
  • Types of models and their uses
  • Monitoring strategies for Local Air Quality Management
  • Model input data
  • Principles and assumptions
  • Modelling scenarios
  • Model validation, verification and adjustment
  • Data validation and ratification


Professional accreditation

UWE Certificate of Attendance (CPD 5hrs p/day), which participants can then present to IES

Study facilities

UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries, computer labs and an excellent campus environment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please see the tables below for current dates, fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

Course dates

CohortFebruary 2020
DayWednesday 5 February 2020
CohortSummer 2020

Course fees

CohortFebruary 2020
Full Day Fee£200
Payment Deadline29 January 2020
Early Bird Fee£180
Payment Deadline11 December 2019
CohortSummer 2020
Full Day Fee£200
Payment DeadlineTBC
Early Bird Fee£180
Payment DeadlineTBC

Fees include refreshments, lunch and parking permits at UWE Frenchay Campus


UWE Frenchay Campus: Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this course, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

February 2020  
Wednesday 5 February 2020Book NowEnquire Now
All 5 Days (3 to 7 February 2020)*Book Now 
Summer 2020  
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All 5 Days TBC*Book Now 

*Fee for All 5 Days is £1000. 10% Early Bird Discount (£900) available if the booking and payment are made before the Early Bird deadline for the first day of each cohort.

For further information

  • Email: For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Jo Barnes ( For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or phone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927

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