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Web and 3g mobile phone based air quality management: particulates, public health, co-benefits.

Webair-2 will follow-up on e!3266 webair, extending scope and it technologies employed to (1) particulates (pm10/2.5) emission modelling and public health, (2) co2/ghg emissions, energy efficiency and the co-benefits between kyoto targets and air pollution, and (3) use of 3g mobile phone technology.

WEBAIR-2 will follow-up on E!3266 WEBAIR for urban and industrial air quality management, by extending the application scope and IT technologies employed to (1) particulates (PM10/2.5) emission modeling and public health, with emphasis on the political controversial concepts of local traffic reductions by various regulatory and economic instruments; (2) CO2/GHG emissions, energy efficiency and the co-benefits between Kyoto targets (and the emerging follow-up commitments from Copenhagen) and "classical" air pollution, as regulated, for example, in 2008/50/EC, based on a distributed, bottom-up approach to emission control using the directly measurable air pollutants as a direct validation instrument, and (3) use of 3G mobile phone technology for personalized health related information, warnings and exposure reports e.g., for Asthma patients. WEBAIR-2 addresses several target groups of users as subscribers: - institutions (competent authorities) responsible for the implementation of the most recent, consolidated Air Quality Framework Directive 2008/50/EC - public administrations (cities, communities) that deal with the implementation of the Kyoto protocol and follow-up agreements and thus have an active interest in the optimization of emission control strategies; this, for particulates, specifically includes urban, regional and traffic planners; - all entities (public, industrial, commercial) that have considerable energy demands, and thus an obvious interest in energy efficiency - and the associated co-benefits from emission reductions of conventional air pollutants; - institutions and individuals that have (public) health concerns related to respiratory diseases that can be affected by high levels of air pollution. Technically, WEBAIR-2 expands the basic air quality modeling technology (web-based client server) developed in E!3266 WEBAIR in several ways: (1) Particulates PM10 and PM 2.5, dynamic modelling of particulates emissions from: (a) natural surfaces (dust) dynamic entrainment with high-resolution temporal data (2min resolution) for wind speed, using a non-linear threshold function of speed together with soil properties (humidity) and activity data (agricultural practices); (b) traffic, as a function of road surface vehicle fleet composition and speeds, estimating both combustion (especiallr from diesel engines) and mechanical (abrasion) contributions; (c) construction activities with emphasis on temporal patterns (activity planning using distributed access and editing possibilities) and surface mining; (d) large scale synoptic validation including long-range transport at a European scale (EMEP) combining three level nesting of simulation with remote sensing data (AOT) (e) public health effects (dynamic non-linear exposure, in-door pollution). (2) Kyoto targets, co-benefits: non-linear multi-criteria emission control optimization using (directly measurable) ambient concentration as criteria together with emissions, emission reductions, and energy savings, validated with measurable air pollutants (NOx, SO2, CO, PMx) to provide a bottom-up assessment of CO2/GHG emission reductions and associated energy savings, co-benefits from air quality improvements; (3) 3G mobile communication: extending the web-based architecture to support: (a) mobile access with high-resolution touch screen SmartPhones to customized web content; (b) SMS/MMs based personalized (location aware) subscription-based reporting, alerts and alarm, personal exposure history, etc. for individual subscribers from sensitive target groups (respiratory diseases, asthma), implemented with a real-time rule-based expert systems technology for both scheduled and event-based communications (e.g., exceedance of user defined threshold values in the now-casts or forecasts). These functions will be offered as "added value" on-line services (SaaS) in a PPP (public-private partnership) model together with, and in extension of, the basic air quality model based management tools of WEBAIR (E!3266).
Acronym: 
WEBAIR-2
Project ID: 
5 460
Start date: 
11-07-2011
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
800 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Air Pollution
Market Area: 
Other services (not elsewhere classified)

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