Commission satellite project to help EU environmental policy making

A Commission satellite project detects fine particulate matter, now one of the biggest health threats, to help EU environmental policy making.

A Commission satellite project 'ICAROS-NET' detects fine
particulate matter from space. Fine particular matter is now one of
the biggest threats to human health from air pollution. The results
should help improve environmental policy making in the EU and the
effectiveness of international environmental treaties.

A new technique monitors the concentration of
air pollution in a much more cost-effective approach than
traditional land-based monitoring. Test areas to validate the
system are Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Munich (Germany),
and the region of Lombardy (Italy). These trials will also evaluate
the performance of a telematics network designed to allow
integrated monitoring and forecasting of air pollution across the
whole EU.

By integrating the information measured by
satellite sensors with data derived from ground-based measurements,
and computer-based pollution dispersion models, the ICAROS project
should give a consistent picture of air pollution over a wide
geographic area. This information, to be shared across the EU,
could then be used in an urban environmental management decision
support system.

The first trials of this system will be
presented in Athens on 15 October 2002. The project runs until
September 2004.



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