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AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT FOR EUROPE: FROM LOCAL TO CONTINENTAL SCALE

AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT FOR EUROPE: FROM LOCAL TO CONTINENTAL SCALE

Objective

AIR4EU addresses the needs for policy-orientated research on integrated air quality (AQ) assessment by monitoring methods and modelling at different temporal and spatial scales for regulated components in Europe: PM10 (and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2, O3 and benzene. Policy support on AQ assessment has been recognised a priority issue within the """"Clean Air for Europe- CAFE"""" programme. There are a wide variety of AQ assessment methods based upon monitoring and modelling, but these methods depend on the spatial and temporal scales, and are often not or only partially compatible. Consequently, there is a need for scientific sound and practical recommendations on how to integrate monitoring and modelling methods into internally consistent, comprehensive and cost-effective assessment methods. The aim of AIR4EU is to provide recommendations on AQ assessment for different temporal and spatial scales: ranging from hourly to annual and from """"hotspot""""/street to continental scale. Case studies are implemented with partners in Paris, Berlin, Prague, London, Athens, Rotterdam and Oslo, to test and further develop the recommendations. AIR4EU will also prepare AQ maps at different scales in Europe based upon available data sets (monitoring, meteorology and emissions) and the recommended methods. The cooperation of European top-scientists from six member states representing four universities, two research institutes and eight user-partners will support the establishment of the European Research Area. AIR4EU will co-operate with on-going relevant projects (e.g. ENV-e-CITY; OSCAR; CLEAR; MERLIN) and networks (e.g. INTEGAIRE, CITY-Delta; POLIS), and specific liaison will be established with the CAFE programme. AIR4EU will disseminate its results by a Website and through Newsletters and Workshops to the scientific community, environmental authorities, policy makers and other stakeholders in AQ in Europe.
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Address

Schoemakerstraat 97
6060 Delft

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Peter BUILTJES (Professor)

Participants (14)

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NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

Norway

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

AIRPARIF

France

SOCIETA TRASPORTI AUTOMOBILISTICI S.P.A.

Italy

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY OF ENGLAND AND WALES

United Kingdom

UTVAR ROZVOJE HLAVNIHO MESTA PRAHY

Czechia

ENVECO S.A. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS

Greece

GEMEENTEWERKEN ROTTERDAM

Netherlands

DCMR MILIEUDIENST RIJNMOND

Netherlands

OSLO KOMMUNE HELSEVERNETATEN

Norway

AGENZIA PER LA MOBILITA DEL COMUNE DI ROMA SPA-ATAC SPA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 503596

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2006

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 927 506

  • EU contribution

    € 1 958 181

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Netherlands