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Air Quality Monitoring Technologies for Urban Areas

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.

Coordinator

INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTTECHNIK EV - IUTA

Address

Bliersheimer Strasse 60
47229 Duisburg

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 270 920

Administrative Contact

Thomas Kuhlbusch (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 131 838,98

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 105 116,80

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 102 944,57

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 142 124,29

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 58 614,60

ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 44 405

NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 109 358,82

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 32 229,10

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265116

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    31 May 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 366 154,65

  • EU contribution

    € 997 552,16

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTTECHNIK EV - IUTA

Germany