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Work package 1: capacity building


Novel knowledge gathering of emerging health-pertinent pollutants for the future protection of human health and sustainable development.


Current EU air quality (AQ) legislation is centred on monitoring, limiting & reducing mass concentrations of airborne particles. However, recent toxicological & epidemiological research argues that other particle metrics may constitute better links to health endpoints than mass concentration. For instance, the potential of inhaled ultrafine particles (UFPs), which are able to penetrate deeply into the respiratory system and cause inflammation, is believed to be significant in causing illness. So far, information on the number, size & distribution of such emerging pollutants in Europe is limited & air quality experts & health professionals are unable to identify UFP pollution sources, adapt their current policies & re-define appropriate mitigation measures to protect citizens’ health. Before action can be taken to mitigate against those pollutants that have the greatest impact on public health, we must first understand the nature of the problem.


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This work package aims to enhance our understanding of novel, health-relevant air pollution & its sources within the North-West Europe-hotspot zone, with specific focus on emerging health relevant pollutants. We aim to acquire data & information on the current local/regional situations, which we will use to improve our knowledge of more health relevant air pollutants & their impacts on citizens. One of the main objectives of this work package is to continue where research stops & establish the infrastructure for a transnational, next-generation health relevant Air Pollution“Watchdog Network”, supported by a transnational mobile monitoring campaign, health relevant pollution source identification & the creation of the online NWE Air Pollution Observatory. Together, these actions will result in the acquisition & dissemination of health relevant information & tools necessary for AQ experts (authorities/public health professionals) for development & implementation of future policies & pollution reduction measures.

JOAQUIN project


    Capacity building