(Contribution to the European Topic Center/ Air and Climate Change of the European Environment Agency)

Objective: The main task of the European Topic Center on Air and Climate Change (ETC/ACC) is to assist the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in supporting EU environmental policy and legislative frameworks and allow for adequate responses to emerging needs. Such support is brought through improving monitoring and reporting and integrated assessments. To this end the causality chain of environmental policy making: Driving forces, Pressures, State, Impacts and Responses (DPSIR) is analysed in a balanced way. The ETC/ACC activities are focused on the support of policy processes and frameworks mainly as regards climate change and air pollution.

LHTEE Contribution: LHEE is actively involved in a number of tasks. It supports the conceptual development of the EEA’ s “Data Center on Air” and an integrated set of transparent QA/QC rules for data to be delivered in line with the proposed draft implementing provisions for the CAFÉ Directive. Furthermore it is also actively involved in the development of the air pollution component of the State of The Environment Report 2010 (SOER2010), focusing on air pollution causes and effects on health and ecosystems at different spatial scales. In addition, LHTEE is supporting the exploration of the health impacts of air pollution, looking across pollutants, across wider effects/endpoints, and across population sensitivities which arise due to age, location and occupation. More importantly, LHTEE is leading a task for the establishment and maintenance of an EIONET network for exchanging experience and results from air quality modelling in the context of the new Air Quality Directive, so as to promote the use of modelling for regulatory purposes in a harmonised manner between member states. Central contact point for near real-time data sign-up (both for ozone and PM10) and provide support for the use of near real time data for summer ozone reporting. The lab is also contributing to the Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM) report and indicators.

Funded by: European Environmental Agency (2007-2011)

Major Partners:

  1. AEA, Harwell, United Kingdom
  2. CHMI, Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute,  Prague, Czech Republic
  3. JRC, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
  4. MNP, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
  5. NILU, Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning, Kjeller, Norway
  6. UBA-V, Umweltbundesamt, Vienna, Austria
  7. WHO, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland