The overall objective of the project is to support the Romanian Authorities in developing cost effective and efficient particulate matters monitoring systems. ROKIDAIR will contribute to the sustaining of new measures for improving air quality established in 2013 by European Commission, having in view that EC announced it would introduce new regulation, more restrictive, for controls on PM2.5 based on new evidence about health issues caused by PM2.5 exposure at levels even lower than 10 μg/m3.

     Therefore, the central objective of the ROKIDAIR project is complying with the priorities and strategic objectives of Romanian-EEA Research Programme contributing to the improving of national expertise and capacities in environmental monitoring and data processing

     ROKIDAIR project aims to improve urban air quality monitoring and forecasting activities, focusing on the critical areas’ (CAs) spatial delimitation based on the receptors’ vulnerability, and their detailed characterization in terms of PM2.5 effects on children’s health, in two towns of Romania, namely Targoviste and Ploiesti. These urban agglomerations will serve as pilot areas in order to develop and deploy a monitoring network system and adjacent information structure that will provide synthesized data concerning PM2.5 levels obtained from simplified, but reliable monitoring micro-stations and artificial intelligence (AI) forecasting algorithms developed within the project.

     The specific objectives of the project are as follows:

  • strengthening Romanian institution capacity for air quality monitoring and enhancing their capacity to comply new regulations imposed by EC in this field;
  • identifying and preventing  environmental health threats, especially to vulnerable receptors represented by children and infants;
  • improving the current monitoring methodology of particulate matters and their content in various compounds in correlation with children’s health.
  • achieving a better understanding of the air pollution threats to human health and reducing the human diseases caused by environmental factors;

     The ROKIDAIR project’s timeline is designed in four phases, namely:

  1. Preliminary studies of pollutant loads in the studied areas, ranking of critical areas, and system’s prototyping and design;
  2. Development of the monitoring infrastructure including micro-station’s sensors/hardware, the management system of the database, and the tools for geospatial analysis, pollutants’ correlation and forecasting;
  3. Testing and validation of the PM2.5 monitoring system including adjacent data communication and processing infrastructure; and
  4. Developing of ROKIDAIR early-warning system and promoting the ROKIDAIR system to be used by stakeholders.

     The objectives of the project are in line with Environmental protection and management thematic area. By its results, ROKIDAIR project will contribute:

  • to improve compliance with EU environmental legislation;
  • to prevent adverse environmental health effects caused by people's exposure to particulate matter;
  • to develop and implement modern technologies, based on Artificial Intelligence, for air quality monitoring and health risk assessment;
  • to increase the application of research results in planning and control of the environment.
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