Monitoring and evaluation of interventions (Work package 5)

Research message
Work Package 5 will produce the overall strategy for the assessment of the performances of the selected infrastructural and behavioural solutions to reduce air pollutants concentrations and understanding their linkages to climate change in urban settings.

Main aims
The main aims of this research are:

  • To provide a baseline in terms of air pollution levels, climate and socio-economic variables to be used to assess the performances of the proposed infrastructural (WP3) and behavioural (WP4) solutions to improve air quality in the test cities;
  • To improve the current sparse network of air quality monitoring stations with more nodes in order to provide a more detailed and realistic representation of the spatio-temporal variation of air pollution levels in the target cities within iSCAPE;
  • To provide, through the upgraded network of sensors, high quality data to run, calibrate and validate numerical models created/utilized as part of WP6;
  • To provide the framework and infrastructure (upgraded network of sensors) to evaluate the effectiveness in terms of reduced air quality levels of the deployed infrastructural and behavioural solutions and translate this into policy (WP7);
  • To evaluate the socio-economic impacts of iSCAPE solutions in the tested cities through a quali-quantitative, ad hoc-developed, methodology. The socio-economic impact assessment will include the analysis of the impact on health.

Main outcomes
This WP provides a baseline in terms of air pollution levels, climate and socio-economic variables to be used to assess the performances our the solutions deployed in the iSCAPE test cities; integrates the current air quality monitoring network in these cities with more measuring points in order to use the collected data for fine-tuning and assessing the performances of the interventions; provides a structured strategic portfolio of interventions to allow other cities in Europe and Worldwide to find the most suitable air pollution control strategy in accordance with their environmental and socio-economics specific needs and geographical and urban infrastructure requirements. Through this WP, we will pay particular attention to local environmental and socio-economic constraints at various scales, and identify the improvements in the cities atmospheric environment that have occurred through these initiatives.

Main outputs

  • A database and report for the baseline environmental and socio-economic assessment.
  • A report on air pollution and meteorology monitoring which will detail air pollution levels and meteorological conditions in the target cities.
  • A report on interventions which will detail an evaluation of the interventions in the target cities.
  • A strategic portfolio choice which will detail interventions characteristics and optimal use to provide a portfolio of Passive Control Systems for EU cities and beyond (developing countries) which require improvements in air quality.
  • A plan for extending the life of Living Labs beyond iSCAPE.
  • A report on iSCAPE socio-economic impact assessment methodology which will describe the methodological framework to be used for assessing the socio-economic impact of iSCAPE outputs and pilot and for developing a strategic portfolio choice framework.

Practical use
This WP will provide recommendations on the suitability of each tested intervention in relation of a range of environmental and socio-economic factors. The recommendations will also be linked to climatic factors in order to enable other cities in Europe and Worldwide to identify the most suitable air quality intervention according to their specific local climate, environmental and socio-economic factors. We will consider the Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership and present the factors that will contribute to the development of innovative solutions in regards to air pollution control.