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Bio-indicator monitoring of air quality

The European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection has published an open call for tender for two research contracts concerning air quality and the use of bio-indicators on a pilot basis.

Contract A refers to a pilot project involving the use of bio-indicators as a means of monitoring urban air quality in 10 test cities located throughout northern, central and southern Europe. The cities will establish and manage a bio-indicator network for a year based on methods proposed by the Commission. The technique proposed will be used as a complement to photochemical analysers at existing air-quality monitoring stations.

Contract B will be for a consultant, selected by the Commission, who will be responsible for the technical and scientific coordination and assessment of the complete project in the 10 cities.

The following criteria will be taken into consideration when awarding the contract:

Contract A:

- The existence of a network of standard chemicophysical measuring stations;
- The city's resources to carry out the experiment (availability of personnel, organization of environment-related services);
- Generally, the city's experience in the field of air quality and the solutions implemented for its improvement;
- Cost/quality.

Contract B:

- Project organization and coordination resources;
- Scientific and technical expertise in the fields of air quality and bio-indicators;
- Previous experience in the field;
- Access to information sources useful to the project;
- The competence of the members of the proposed team;
- Cost/quality.
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