Assessing the spatial representativeness of air quality sampling points
In 2018 VITO was one of the lead technical partners tasked with assessing the spatial representativeness (SR) of air quality sampling points in the EU. Based on a comprehensive literature review and stakeholder consultation, a TIER based approach was put forward to assess the SR area of monitoring stations. This TIER-ed approach acknowledges current practices in Europe in the same time identifying best practice methodologies in the higher TIER levels. The study also contributed to a better understanding of the concept of SR by putting forward a simple and transparent recipe for the estimation of the indicator. This recipe is currently begin tested by the FAIRMODE community.
Strengthening of air quality monitoring, modelling and plans under the Ambient Air Quality Directives
In 2020 VITO participated in a consortium led by Ricardo, together with NILU and Trinomics to support EG Environment in “Strengthening of air quality monitoring, modelling and plans under the Ambient Air Quality Directives.”
This involved mapping and analysing established practice across member states to identify key issues related to implementation of the provisions for air quality monitoring, modelling and air quality plans that would benefit from further guidance or clearer requirements. The project team consulted with member state experts and stakeholders to seek their views and experiences on implementation of the provisions requiring air quality modelling support. VITO provided expertise and advice on air quality modelling and the air quality plans.
The project resulted in the identification of the main issues hindering effective implementation of the AAQ Directives from the perspective of the use of air quality models in both air quality assessments and plans.