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Hedge Design for the Abatement of Traffic Emissions (HedgeDATE)

Hedge Design for the Abatement of Traffic Emissions (HedgeDATETM)

Background

The many positive aspects of green infrastructure (GI), such as trees and hedges, for public health are evident. Appropriately designed and managed hedges, in particular, can act as a barrier between pedestrians and traffic emissions. Greening cities for healthier urban living is considered to be a priority in many cities worldwide, but guidelines for the deployment of GI in urban areas remain unclear for the general public, urban planners, and other stakeholders. The development and dissemination of clear and freely accessible advice on GI implementation, in a format that utilises contemporary means of information-sharing, can only be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach.

Hosted by GCARE and funded by the University of Surrey’s Urban Living Award, the HedgeDATETM (Hedge Design for the Abatement of Traffic Emissions) project fosters collaboration between numerous research areas – including air pollution, GI engineering, environmental sustainability, mathematical modelling, computer science, physical and mental health, and environmental psychology – in order to address the complex issue of urban air pollution, and raise awareness of health-related implications and sustainable mitigation strategies.

Objectives

The aim of the HedgeDATETM project is to establish an interdisciplinary, university-wide alliance to refine and disseminate compendious advice on GI implementation for improved air quality. In particular, we will design and construct a web-based application that will incorporate Surrey-led research findings on GI design for air pollution abatement, and which end-users can consult for context- and species-specific advice in the form of output data, based upon user-directed input data (e.g. planting space, distance from road, road classification, etc).

Some of our immediate objectives are to:

  • Aggregate findings from ongoing and previous research on the relationship between GI, air quality and human exposure.
  • Construct a long term product development plan, which will include (a) using Guildford as a pilot study area to develop the HedgeDATETM prototype and seek feedback, before (b) enhancing the applicability of the tool and targeting potential beneficiaries in other communities.
  • Develop the underlying methodology (including the logic of the model, atmospheric chemistry projections and recommended vegetation species) as well as the perceptible structure or interface of the tool.
  • Respond to relevant research funding calls, in order to support longer term collaboration and refinement of the HedgeDATETM tool.

HedgeDATE team

Principal investigator

  • Professor Prashant Kumar (Professor and Chair in Air Quality and Health / Director, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, FEPS).

Co-investigators

  • Mr Yendle Barwise (GCARE PhD Researcher, iSCAPE Project – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, FEPS)
  • Dr Kayleigh Wyles (Lecturer and Early Career Researcher (ECR) – Department of Psychological Sciences, FHMS).
  • Dr Jeewaka Mendis (Senior Medical Statistician and ECR – Surrey Clinical Research Centre).
  • Dr Ben Field (Clinical Reader in Diabetes and Endocrinology – School of Biosciences and Medicine)
  • Mr Arvind Tiwari (GCARE PhD Researcher, iSCAPE Project – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, FEPS)
  • Mr KV Abhijith (GCARE PhD Researcher, iSCAPE Project – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, FEPS)
  • Dr Sachit Mahajan (GCARE Post-doctoral Researcher, iSCAPE Project – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, FEPS)
  • Dr Gopinath Kalaiarasan (GCARE Post-doctoral Researcher, iSCAPE Project – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; FEPS).

Further information

Outcomes

  • Kick-off meeting (Date: 16 April 2019)
  • Public workshop (Date: 16 July 2019). 

Publications

HedgeDATE et al., 2019. The development of HedgeDATE (Hedge Design for the Abatement of Traffic Emissions). In Progress.

Acknowledgements

HedgeDATETM is funded by the University of Surrey’s Urban Living Award.

Contact us

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Address
Global Centre for Clean Air Research
Thomas Telford building
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH