|Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe
|Fab City Research Lab
|University College Dublin (IE), Trinity College Dublin (IE), University of Bologna (IT), University of Surrey (UK), Finnish Meteorological Institute (FI), FI Hasselt University (BE), TU Dortmund (DE), EC Joint Research Center (EC), T6 (IT), Pureti (ES), Future Cities Catapult (UK), DCC (IE), Regional Agency for Prevention, Environment and Energy (IT), European Network of Living Labs (BE).
The iSCAPE project aims to integrate and advance the control of air quality and carbon emissions in European cities in the context of climate change through the development of sustainable and passive air pollution remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives. It will tackle the problem of reducing air pollution at target receptors with an innovative SME-led approach, focusing on the use of “Passive Control Systems” in urban spaces.
Improvements in air quality, micro-climate and behavioural aspects of urban dwellers will be achieved by applying real-world physical interventions on the urban tissue to alter ventilation rates and dispersion patterns in the selected cities assessed for future climate change scenarios and representative of different cultural and life styles in Europe.
iSCAPE encapsulates the concept of “smart cities” by promoting the use of low-cost sensors, engaging citizens in the use of alternative solution processes to environmental problems. iSCAPE will support sustainable urban development by promoting the sharing of results with policy-makers and planners using local test-cases, and providing scientific evidence ready-to-use solutions potentially leading to real-time operational interventions. This integrated approach will include the development and assessment of a framework aimed at changing the mobility behaviour of people by studying processes and dynamics that lead to more resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, by bringing together theory from urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology and urban geography.