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Air Quality Monitoring Technologies for Urban Areas

Objective

With increasing requirements for air pollution monitoring in Europe, and a rising number and complexity of available instruments, harmonisation and innovation of air pollution monitoring in Europe is of vital importance. In the short term, harmonisation is needed to ensure comparability of measured concentrations, and their estimated measurement uncertainties, provided by European air pollution monitoring networks. To achieve harmonised air quality data, detailed recommendations on equipment evaluation and selection, standard operating procedures (SOPs) for set-up, operation and calibration, and proofs of equivalence to reference methods are needed. The necessity for harmonisation is especially important for particles (PM2.5 and PM10). Demonstration of equivalence to the reference methods, and QA/QC procedures for widely used automated PM monitors, are key current issues. In the longer term, the regulatory requirements for both metrics and methods need to be re-examined in the light of improved scientific knowledge (for example relating to health effects) and advances in monitoring technologies.
The aim of AirMonTech is to compile the knowledge and information needed to harmonise current air pollution measurements and to guide research and decisions about monitoring in the future. The project is proposed by a consortium comprising air quality monitoring experts, measurement technique developers and health effect researchers from renowned research institutions and public bodies. Strong links to both urban and regional monitoring networks and European standardization institutions are ensured via direct links to AQUILA, EMEP and CEN. AirMonTech will gather information on instrument performance, test results, equivalence demonstrations and SOPs, and process them into specifically designed databases. Particular emphasis will be placed on methods for real-time monitoring of particles and particle-related proxy variables as well as indices particularly relevant for human health. A roadmap for research on and improvement of future urban air quality monitoring including recommendations on existing and new monitoring technologies will be developed and discussed with stakeholders. Opportunities and limitations for the improvement and harmonization of monitoring activities in EU member states will be evaluated in an interactive dissemination process involving all relevant stakeholder groups.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Coordinator

INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTTECHNIK EV - IUTA
Address
Bliersheimer Strasse 60
47229 Duisburg
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 270 920
Administrative Contact
Thomas Kuhlbusch (Dr.)

Participants (8)

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 131 838,98
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ernie Weijers (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 105 116,80
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heidi Leutwyler (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 102 944,57
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 142 124,29
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kris Engelen (Mr.)
NILU STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FORLUFTFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 58 614,60
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paal Berg (Mr.)
ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 44 405
Address
6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Efi Kafentzi (Ms.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 109 358,82
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Quincey (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 32 229,10
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Gercek (Ms.)