The overall aim of this project is to use earth observation (EO) data to develop a methodology to improve the spatial resolution of air emission inventories. The customer for the project is the environmental assessment industry (commercial consultancies, research organisations), which produces air quality management tools, to help national and local authorities improve air quality. The methodology will provide a means for producing emission inventories for urban areas, which is more cost-effective than the current approach of commissioning special surveys. The methodology will also help the environmental assessment industry in developing air quality management tools for developing countries. The project will draw on existing EO data sets such as Corine Land Cover, SPOT and Land sat TM. Similarly, existing air emissions data such as Corinair, will be used. The methodology will be validated by drawing on existing urban inventories for representative areas from across Europe. Because the project will draw on existing data sets, it is a low-risk project with a high chance of success.
The key measurable objectives of the project are:- develop an EO-based methodology which enables air emission inventories with a spatial resolution of 1km x 1km to be produced;- validate and refine the methodology;- examine how EO data can be used to produce even greater improvement in the spatial resolution of emission inventories (100m x 100m);- undertake a customer assessment and assess the cost-effectiveness of the methodology. In addition to helping the European environmental assessment industry develop new air quality management tools, the project will assist with the implementation of community policies on air quality management. This is a customer-led project. The consortium is led by a private-sector environmental consultancy, which sells environmental assessment services on a commercial basis around the world. Other members of the consortium include a commercial supplier of EO data services and environmental assessment organisations from across the EU. As part of the process of building links along the customer chain, we are including in the consortium a public authority with responsibilities for a city with particularly severe air quality problems.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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