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iSCAPE - Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe

13 - Climate action; Research Projects; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019

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, microclimate 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&life styles in Europe. Through the approach of Living Labs
the team will deploy a network of air quality and meteorological sensors (both stationary and mobile) and evaluate through
analysis and a suite of up-to-date numerical modelling the benefits expected from the interventions on a neighbourhood and
city-wide scale for several aspects ranging from quantification of pollutant concentration to exposure. 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.

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