VITO operates an integrated quality management dashboard for the management of air pollution and to support policy measures.

Urbain air quality modelling - VITO

Assess air quality

Many regions in the world are not achieving the international standards for healthy air quality. This is particularly evident in regional or urban hot spots. To be able to address this problem effectively, it will be important for us to identify the sources of pollution and how it spreads. This requires efficient small and large scale tools that are able to qualify and quantify pollution.

Urbain air quality modelling - VITO is VITO’s own dashboard; it has been designed to monitor and manage air quality. Governments and local authorities use the system to take specific action to bring air pollution below the strict international standards applicable.

Air pollution is not always clear cut – this is exactly what makes this theme so complex. Given this fact, ATMOSYS integrates information about international, regional and local polluters, so that all relevant levels are included in the analysis.

ATMOSYS (new window) works on the basis of three different tracks:

  • Predict – Based on advanced computer models, users are given a prediction of air quality in the days ahead.
  • Assess – Users are able to analyse air quality data from a previous period and, by doing this, gain an insight into certain pollution episodes.
  • Plan –Experts are able to rely on a set of air quality models to test the effectiveness of certain measures and take final action.

The dashboard attaches great value to quality, in terms of user friendliness and operational stability and sustainability.

VITO Atmosys

In practice:

  • Predict – The air quality predictions provided give policy makers extra information and enable them to respond quickly if certain thresholds are exceeded.
Urbain air quality modelling - VITO
  • Assessment – High resolution maps help government institutions to identify the origin of pollution and to come up with suitable solutions.
  • Awareness – The publication of high resolution maps containing information about air pollution helps citizens to gain a better understanding of how well their own specific areas are doing.
  • Urban planning (urban level) – There are major differences in air quality within the walls of a city. The tool makes it possible to estimate the impact of minor interventions on the map (speed restrictions, for example).
  • Plan (street level) – Streets with high buildings on both sides (street canyons) can result in the occurrence of increased air pollution. European standards are often easily exceeded in these streets. A 3D street model can be used to detect these hot spots and offer support when identifying local initiatives designed to improve air quality.
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