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Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe (PEOPLE), Methodological Strategy and Basic Results

Funded under: FP6-JRC

Abstract

This report is designed to enable general understanding of the Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe (PEOPLE) project. The methodology and basic results of the PEOPLE project is described. A full interpretative analysis of the data is not presented here. In each city the project required collaboration between a local partner and the Emissions and Health Unit (EHU) of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES). This institute is part of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. The main mission of the JRC is to provide scientific support to EC policy development, implementation and monitoring.
PEOPLE campaigns were completed in six cities, namely; Brussels and Lisbon (22 October 2002), Bucharest and Ljubljana (27 May 2003), Madrid (3 December 2003) and Dublin (28 April 2004). The first stage of the project was accomplished with benzene as the pollutant considered. In Ljubljana, outdoor measurements were extended to include particulate matter and a number of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In Madrid, measurements were further supplemented with an assessment of the heavy metal content of particulate matter. In Dublin, particulate monitoring also included human exposure and indoor environments.
Mapping of outdoor measurements indicate areas of highest concentrations being associated with major road intersections. Transportation was identified as the dominant source of benzene in all six cities that were studied. Background levels of benzene measured on the day of the campaign, and the subsequent estimation of the yearly average city levels, revealed that PEOPLE cities are in compliance with the Directive 2000/69/EC, with the exception of Bucharest.

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Authors: FIELD R A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);PÉREZ BALLESTA P, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BAEZA CARACENA A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);NIKOLOVA I, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);CONNOLLY R, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);CAO N, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);GERBOLES M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BUZICA D, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);AMANTINI L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);LAGLER F, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BOROWIAK A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MARELLI L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);DE SANTI G, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);DE SAEGER E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21810 EN (2005), 74 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-info@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200718959 / Last updated on: 2007-03-16
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en