Vieno, M.; Nemitz, E.; Jones, L.; Carnell, E.J.; Morton, R.D.

Air pollution removed by vegetation in the UK, 2015

This dataset is a model output from the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) model applied to the UK (EMEP4UK) driven by Weather and Research Forecast model meteorology (WRF). It provides UK estimates annual averaged atmospheric composition at approximately 5Km grid for the year 2015 for a set of vegetation removal experiments.

* UK current vegetation
* UK no vegetation
* UK Urban current vegetation
* UK No urban vegetation
* UK Urban 25% open greenspace conversion
* UK Urban 50% open greenspace conversion

The EMEP model version used here is the rv4.10 and rv4.17, and the WRF model version is the 3.7.1.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability and the Office of National Statistics to support the ONS-Defra natural capital accounting programme in the UK.

Publication date: 2020-10-22


Study area
Temporal extent
2015-01-01    to    2015-12-31

Provenance & quality

The EMEP4UK atmospheric chemistry transport model calculated annual average concentrations and annual total for depositions for a model domain covering the UK with a resolution of about 5x6km2. The model is evaluated using the UK Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) monitoring stations (

The data are processed from the full EMEP4UK model output to subset to a selection of variables only relevant for the vegetation removal work. The ncks nco command version 4.9.3 (nco - The netCDF Operators that comprises a dozen standalone command-line programs that take netCDF and/or DAP files as input) was used to subset the model outpus. R was used to access the AURN dataset to evaluate the EMEP4UK model output.
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Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Massimo Vieno
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
EH26 0QB


Vieno, M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Nemitz, E.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Jones, L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Carnell, E.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Morton, R.D.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Climatology / Meteorology / Atmosphere
Air Air Quality Clean air EMEP,  Modelling Pollution UK-SCAPE,  UK Status, Change and Projections of the Environment
Atmospheric Conditions
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:36