The European Commission funded project RI-URBANS organises its kick-off meeting

8 October 2021

 

On 5-6 October, the Research Infrastructures Services Reinforcing Air Quality Monitoring Capacities in European Urban & Industrial AreaS (RI-URBANS) project organized its kick-off meeting. Funded by the European Commission’s call “European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges”, RI-URBANS is coordinated by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) with Xavier Querol, from the IDAEA-CSIC, and Tuukka Petäjä, from the University of Helsinki, as project leaders.

The project aims to demonstrate how service tools from atmospheric research infrastructures can be adapted and enhanced to better address the challenges and societal needs concerning air quality in European cities and industrial hotspots.

RI-URBANS responds to urgent needs to substantially reduce air pollution across EU by providing enhanced air quality observations in support of advanced air quality policy assessment.

More than 160 attendees participated in the kick-off meeting, including delegates of the 28 European partners, delegates from European Commission institutions JRC and DG-ENV, together with EMEP, and WHO. Delegated from PAUL and STORIES projects on climate issues, with which RI-URBANS will collaborate closely were also present. During the two days, all RI-URBANS work packages were presented, outlining the action roadmap for the upcoming months.

As an ultimate RI-URBANS outcome, the project will deploy tools and information systems in the hands of citizens and communities to support decision-making by air quality managers and regulators. The focus will be on ambient nanoparticles and atmospheric particulate matter, their sizes, constituents, source contributions, and gaseous precursors, evaluating novel air quality parameters, source contributions, and their associated health effects to demonstrate the European added value of implementing such service tools.

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