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Super resolution air quality monitoring

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Air quality issues are directly related to the well-being of populations; the European Environmental Agency has recently reported that more than 300,000 deaths in Europe are directly linked to poor air quality. Moreover, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently updated its standards and guidelines regarding air quality emphasizing on the increasing contribution of human activities (eg. transportation, industry, heating and so on) to the ambient air quality and the necessity to decrease these emissions to save lives.

Proposal

In this e-shape pilot we are providing high precision air quality monitoring service using EO based data combined with in-situ measurements. Our aim is to downscale available data from satellite observation. Doing so, we will provide a competitive service that fills the gap between the local in-situ sensors data, and the lower resolution, global satellite data. The focus within the pilot will be on modelling high precision CO and CO2 data. All developments are in-line with the World Health Organization standards, with short- and long-term exposures thresholds. The final service is a decision-making dashboard presenting the evolution of air quality, moving from the city level as provided today by satellite observations to the neighborhood level.

Benefits

  • Enabling decision makers assess the reach of their daily actions and provide them with the tools to best deploy their resources
  • Increasing the general-public knowledge and awareness with their surrounding air quality
  • enhancing our knowledge and capacity to couple the usage of in situ and satellite resources to obtain high resolution, high revisit observations are key scientific advances

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