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COST Action 615 is part of the COST-CITAIR programme 'Science and research for better air in European cities'. This is a major concerted effort in the field of environmental protection and reflects the importance of cities and urban areas for European society, culture and economy. The urbanisation process leads to severe environmental problems. The emerging functional, environmental and social crisis of urban regions is a threat to the future of mankind and must be overcome by actions, programmes and policies enabling sustainable development.

In spite of all the differences in natural and man-made conditions, air pollution is a universal problem in European cities and urban regions. The COST-CITAIR programme aims to gather existing experience of policy measures and air pollution abatement strategies and pool research resources in European COST Member States. Since COST-CITAIR focuses on the local dimension of problems as well as possible local initiatives and abatement strategies. It also supplements other European actions like EMEP or Eurotrac in which predominantly large-scale or meso-scale air pollution problems are tackled. .

Additional information

Authors: BÓZO L ET AL (EDITORS), COST 615 Working Group 'Monitoring'
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19992 EN (2002), pp.61. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-19992-EN-C. Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32-2-29-58220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-1657-2
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