High-resolution mapping of Monaco’s air quality to start in days

Photo: DC
Photo: DC

Monaco’s Directorate of the Environment will carry out a high-resolution mapping of the Principality’s air quality that will take into account the prevalent 3D effects, such as relief, elevation, and height of buildings.

As part of a programme called “Quality of life – Monaco’s High Resolution Air Quality Modelling and Mapping Platform”, 52 sensors will be deployed throughout Monaco from January 29 to February 26.

In order to refine our knowledge of the distribution of pollutants, the sensors are intended to measure the emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and hydrocarbons over a period of one month in winter and a month in summer, in order to establish an estimate of the annual concentrations of these pollutants in the Principality.

Photo: DC
Photo: DC

NO2 and hydrocarbon sensors are the main markers of automotive pollution and fuel combustion. The purpose of SO2 sensors is to evaluate the impact of the combustion of heavy fuel oil used by ships.

This campaign, carried out in partnership with Air PACA, will be renewed between mid-June and mid-July 2018. These two measurement campaigns will help calibrate and validate the high-resolution modelling of air quality, mapping the dispersion of pollutants.


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