CITEAIR, a network of 92 cities in Europe, is launching the “Air Quality in Europe” app. It is an application for mobile internet that allows one to monitor and compare the air quality in major European urban areas. Amsterdam, the Hague, Rotterdam, and the Rijnmond area are among the selected regions. This index will enable residents to understand air quality quickly and easily without needing to consult an expert.
Present air quality on mobile phones
Using the app and a mobile website, interested parties may monitor the air
quality from hour to hour. This enable you to see what the air quality is like
in your city, or in the city you're travelling to. You can also see the air
quality level from the previous day. The app may be downloaded from common app
stores for Android smart phones and the iPhone. The search phrase is “Citeair.”
The mobile website may be accessed through http://airqualitynow.mobi/.
Along the road and in the city
The air quality is presented as an
index. The index translates concentrations of polluted substances into
qualitative expressions, ranging from extremely low to extremely high. Air
quality indices have been developed for busy roads, and for the so-called
"urban background" concentrations. Along busy roads, the main
pollutant is nitrogen oxide (NOx). The urban background concentrations are an
indication of the amount of particulate matter (PM10) in the air. Both indices
are based on research and models from renowned European research institutions
and environmental services.
CITEAIR is a collaboration between 92 European cities and regions. CITEAIR's
mission is to provide information on air quality. It aims to increase European
citizens' awareness to air quality. Additionally, CITEAIR wants to make it
easier for interested parties to compare the air quality throughout various
parts of Europe. It has developed a website, www.airqualitynow.eu as well as a mobile website and app.
In the Netherlands, the DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond, the
Municipality of The Hague, the Amsterdam Municipal Health Service (GGD), and
the RIVM are collaborating to further the exchange of data in order to compare
the air quality in larger cities. DCMR's air measuring network allows it to
advise the Province and cities in the Rijnmond region on air quality management
and improvement. It aims to help the people in the economically vital Rijnmond
area to live healthily and comfortably.
DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond, Tessel Kans, T 010 246 80 53/06 5239 7227, email@example.com