Planning and evaluation of PCS solutions (Work package 3)

Research message
Work Package 3 will match the infrastructural solutions identified in WP 1 to each test city needs including low boundary walls, trees and hedge-rows, green walls, photocatalytic coatings, green urban spaces and road geometry.

Main aims
The main aims of this research are:

  • To optimise and deploy high-end air quality and meteorological stations at the Living Labs locations to monitor the improvements in terms of air quality.
  • To optimise and deploy low-cost air quality monitoring kits for citizen science initiatives at the Living Labs.
  • To improve the performances of photocatalytic coatings used on building facades in urban environments.
  • To develop, model and deploy a range of infrastructural solutions identified in WP1 ad-hoc for each city location to improve the air quality in current climate conditions and reduce climate change adverse effects at neighbourhood and urban levels, with particular focus on areas where vulnerable population groups are.
  • To capitalize on the technological innovation and smart citizen approach through the Living Labs to strengthen scientific knowledge on the use of low cost sensors.

Main outcomes
WP3 develops and implements a framework for the overall project in terms of implementing and validating passive air pollution control strategies.

Main outputs

  • A software and hardware framework of high-end and low-cost monitoring stations.
  • A detailed report on the footprint of PCSs interventions identified in WP1 and their benefits at all spatial scales.
  • A report on the functionality and effectiveness of photocatalytic coating in cities over three representative annual periods.
  • A report will detail the functionality and effectiveness of neighbourhood interventions.
  •  A report will detail the climate effectiveness of urban interventions.

Practical use
WP3 will design guidelines for the implementation of passive air pollution control systems in practice, and their integration into urban design and planning policy will be developed accounting for climatic conditions representing a variety of European cities, priority vulnerable population groups, and the “win-win” approach for climate change and air pollution abatement.