An integrated decision support system for urban air quality management

An urban air quality management information and decision
support system integrating monitoring, modelling,gis, expert
systems and decision support in a client/server architecture
for easy access in local and wide area networks.

Within the regulatory framework defined by the proposed Community Directive on ambient air quality assessment and management (COM(94)109) and related Directives including the Directive on Public Access to Environmental Information (90/313/EEC), the project will develop an integrated information and decision support system (DSS) for urban and industrial areas. Applications include air quality monitoring, planning and policy analysis, environmental impact assessment, and operational management of emissions and air quality. Target clients of the software system will be local and regional government and regulatory agencies, major industries and consultants. Based on modular, object-oriented client/server software technology, the system will integrate tools for data acquisition, data analysis, and data display in a decision support framework. A friendly multimedia user interface and wide-area networking will support easy and efficient remote access for a broad range of users. The system will include: Real-time linkages to meteorological and air-quality observation data, including tools for their statistical and spatial analysis; Emission inventories, with Expert system estimation methods, for point, line and area sources, including traffic generated pollutants, and databases of pollutants and pollution control technologies; A range of simulation models for real-time forecasts as well as for scenario analysis in support of planning and regulatory tasks: models will range from simple box and street canyon models to steady-state Gaussian models (as required by many regulatory frameworks) and to complex dynamic, 3D photochemical models; Multi-criteria optimization tools to design and evaluate pollution control strategies and policies, considering environmental, technological and socio-economic criteria; An easy-to-use multimedia interface for remote access through wide-area networking technology (INTERNET, Worldwide web (WWW)). As a commercial product and service for local and regional governments, regulatory agencies, and major industries, the system will be flexible to adapt to existing and emerging European and national environmental standards and regulations. Linkage with models of industrial and domestic energy use and traffic will allow the analysis of a broad range of planning and management scenarios. The collaboration between city governments, planning agencies, meteorological services, academic partners, and the software industry will ensure practical user orientation, a sound scientific basis and state-of-the-art information technology integrated in a new generation of air quality information and decision support systems. The initial development project will involve a number of distinct phases: 1. Specification of user requirements for the regulatory, planning, and operational management tasks in local and regional air pollution control, including the applicable regulations and standards; 2. Implementation of selected models in a common, easy to use multimedia decision support framework (based on available software components), coupled to real-time data acquisition and monitoring systems; 3. Implementation of a basic prototype system, with incremental extensions, in a number of test applications together with local and regional authorities for an extended test and evaluation phase; 4. Development of a market-oriented product and associated services, preparation of the business plan for the commercial exploitation and distribution of the system.
Project ID: 
1 388
Start date: 
Project Duration: 
Project costs: 
2 200 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.