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Modifier 21 December 2020
by TAMAS Kallay, UIA Expert

CLAIRO Zoom-in 1: A modular sensor network to quantify air pollutant capture by greenery

Image of Ostrava
Image of Ostrava
The first Zoom-in of the CLAIRO project explores how a low-cost, flexible sensor network with a high modularity supports the modelling of the future capture of air pollutants by the planted new greenery in Ostrava, how continuous measurements can support quantification of the capture, and how the huge amount of data gathered is processed.

CLAIRO aims at verifying the impact of greenery on the reduction of air pollutants. The project focuses on the selection of suitable plant species and means of planting, and techniques that increase the pollutant capture effectivity of plants and their tolerance to air pollution.

Under the project, accurate measurements of air pollutants and climatic conditions are undertaken in Ostrava and also in other neighbour cities with an overall aim to provide essential information for the development of a model of dispersion, deposition and capture of pollutants, and to enable the design of the most effective composition and structure of the greenery to be planted in the target area. The measurements, data storage and processing are performed by the Technical University of Ostrava (VSB). The effect of greening will be continuously verified by a sensor technology linked to a reference analytical technique. Possible reductions in the concentration of pollutants by planted greenery is monitored and evaluated by VSB. The data gained through the measurements will also be vital for transferring project results to other cities in the region and Europe.

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