Title: Recommendations for the spatial assessment of air quality resulting from the FP6 EU project Air4EU

Authors: Bruce Denby, Steinar Larssen, Peter Builtjes, Menno Keuken, Ranjeet Sokhi, Nicolas Moussiopoulos, John Douros, Carlos Borrego, Ana Margarida Costa, Thomas Pregger

Addresses: Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), P.O. Box 100, 2027 Kjeller, Norway. ' Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), P.O. Box 100, 2027 Kjeller, Norway. ' TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, P.O. Box 342, 7300 AH Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. ' TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, P.O. Box 342, 7300 AH Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. ' Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR), University of Hertfordshire College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University, Box 483, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University, Box 483, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece. ' CESAM & Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal. ' CESAM & Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal. ' Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER), University of Stuttgart, Hessbruehlstrasse 49a, 70565 Stuttgart, Germany

Abstract: Air4EU is an FP6 European project with the major aim of providing recommendations on methodologies for the spatial assessment of air quality on local, urban and regional scales. The emphasis is on methodologies that combine monitoring and modelling and on spatial assessment for regulatory purposes, i.e., the EU daughter directives. The recommendations coming from Air4EU are intended as guidance for authorities involved in air quality assessment at the city, national and European levels as well as institutes involved in air quality research and application. This paper provides some highlights from the recommendations and case studies that emerged from the project.

Keywords: air quality; spatial assessment; modelling; monitoring; recommendations; uncertainty; data assimilation; EU directives; air pollution; European Union.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2011.038411

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2011 Vol.44 No.1/2/3/4, pp.128 - 138

Published online: 07 Feb 2011 *

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