Air quality monitoring & forecasting using satellite and low-cost sensors deriving data

The Sympnia project aims to develop an easy-to-use platform that provides targeted information to citizens about the current and forecast levels of air pollution.

Except from data from official ground-based air quality monitoring stations, Sympnia will use satellite data from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), and measurements from low-cost sensors that will be placed in the greater area of Thessaloniki during the pilot implementation of the Sympnia project.

The collected information will be displayed in near real time in high spatial and temporal resolution, while simplified air quality indices will be provided to citizens along with personalized recommendations on how they can protect their health from air pollution. It is expected that the collected data will also enable the identification of air pollution trends that may lead to policy changes and, in longer term, to behavioural change.

Sympnia is built upon an existing commercial system of DRAXIS, Envi4All, that provides credible services of air quality monitoring and forecasting.

DRAXIS is overall responsible for the project management, the development of the Sympnia platform, the integration of data from various sources and the provision of air pollution forecasts with the use of advanced models, while Prisma Electronics designs the low-cost sensors that will be provided to citizens of Thessaloniki.

Operational Programme Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EPAnEK) Special Management and Implementation Authority for Research, Technological Development and Innovation Actions, Τ1ΕDΚ-05515 Τ1ΕDΚ-05515