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Abstract

Integrated air quality assessment and management requires considering many information classes at a time, including environmental quality data, impact pathway models, economic analyses, the respective regulatory framework, and the priorities of the stakeholders involved in the decision-making process or affected by it. Assimilation of these types of information in a comprehensive yet functional framework is necessary for the development of user-friendly decision support tools, which foster public dialogue and enhanced stakeholder participation in urban policy-making.

Integrated air pollution assessment in particular, includes accurate representation of the pollution distribution in time and space (environmental pressure), identification of the main emission sources (causes), and evaluation of the possible alternatives for coping with the observed environmental burden. This paper outlines a formal paradigm for efficient data and model fusion for the integrated solution of environmental, and in particular air quality, problems. The information management techniques employed and the problems deriving from the multidisciplinary nature of the phenomena analysed are highlighted. Examples from using this methodology for the assessment of air quality and of the respective policies in the European Union are given.

Additional information

Authors: SARIGIANNIS D, JRC- Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Risk Management and Decision Support Unit, Complex Systems Modelling Sector, Ispra (IT);SAISANA M, JRC- Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Risk Management and Decision Support Unit, Complex Systems Modelling Sector, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Oral Report delivered at: 17th International CODATA Conference, hosted by: JRC Environment Institute, Baveno (IT) 15-19 October 2000
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