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OUR 5 MODULES

Due to their similiarities in terms of technology and layout, the seven downstream products have been clustered into 4 modules presented below:

Module 1

Who this module is designed for?


☒ Public authorities

☐ Municipalities

☒ Research centres

☐ Impacted industries (e.g.: solar plant and electricity grid operators, health industry…)

☒ Emitting Industries (e.g.: Fracking)

☐ Emergency services

☐ Airports and flight control authorities

☐ Citizens




Geographical coverage


All countries of the world in addition to states/provinces for the largest countries (USA, Canada, Russia, China and India) for the global atlas. For the regional atlas, Santiago de Chile (Chile), CONUS area (USA) will be available and other regions may be developed afterwards depending on the demand.




Current progress of the module


The layout of Module 1 is shown below. In the topmost part (A), the user can chose between the Global and the Regional Atlas, select the country and target city or region, the data type and the time frame and resolution. The atlases both consist of a map (B) with zooming capability for each of the pollutants, a time series and statistical analysis tools. In the Global Atlas, air quality maps of the entire world at 80 km grid resolution are shown based on historical Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) reanalysis data, NO2 column integrated data from the satellite-based Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) and aerosol optical depth (AOD) from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).
The Regional Atlas allows the user to understand and research historical, current, and forecasted air pollutants in a specific area. It is based on modelling data from CAMS reanalysis, WRF-Chem, SILAM and LOTOS-EUROS forecast data, and satellite-based observations of NO2 from OMI and the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) and AOD from MODIS.
Below the map (C), the user can choose between a statistical summary at country level or from a manually selected area. Depending on the selection, in (D) a summary (mean, standard deviation and total relative change within the chosen time frame) and in (E) a time series for each pollutant are shown below, averaged either for the selected country or the area selected on the map.
If the Country Data tab was selected above, the next plot allows the user to relate air quality data to demographic data over time for different pollutants and different demographic variables such as gross domestic product or population density for the selected country (F). The last plot (G) sets the selected country in relation to other countries. A time series of the relative change of each pollutant since the beginning of the chosen time frame is shown. On the right side, an overview of the total change since the beginning of the chosen time frame until the end is shown for the selected country and a list of other countries.
If the Surface Data tab was chosen, polygons can be drawn on the map in (B). The Pollutant Summary graph (D) below shows then the overview of all pollutants for the selected area (mean, standard deviation and total relative change within the chosen time frame), the Pollutants Time Series graph (E) shows the absolute levels of each pollutant with time in the selected area and the Pollutants Change over Time graph (G) shows the relative levels with time for each pollutant in the selected area.
The data can be exported by clicking on the Export Data button (H) on the bottom of the page.




What does this module do ?


Module 1 presents the Global and Regional Air Quality Atlases. It allows users to easily understand the air quality and its change over time in different areas in their country or region. This will help policymakers and local authorities to take informed decisions to improve air quality, provide NGOs with necessary information to act, and grant researchers and students easy access to global and regional air quality data. It includes global and regional atlases of individual air pollutants, graphical and numerical information on the regional climatology of air pollutants based on the Copernicus CAMS model global and regional reanalyses, SILAM and LOTOS-EUROS forecast model results as well as satellite information on AOD and NO2.




Value-chain


Global atlas of air quality indices and reports

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Module 2

What does this module do ?


The purpose of this module is to provide information on various sources of air pollution and simulate potential changes in air quality in response to proposed mitigation strategies.

It allows the user to reduce the emissions of
one type of pollution source and demonstrates the effect on the pollution levels in the area. Furthermore, it provides attribution information of air pollution in regard to different sectors (e.g. agriculture, traffic, industry) and to different countries or states, allowing more informed decisions on an air pollution mitigation strategy.

It includes two products: The product #6 providing information on the attribution of emission sources for different economic sectors with emphasis on the role of agricultural emissions and the product #7 allowing the assessment of the efficiency of alternative actions to mitigate air pollution as well as the development of strategy options for air pollution abatement and support of air quality policy.




Who this module is designed for?


Product #6: Attribution service with focus on agricultural sources

☒ Public authorities

☒ Municipalities

☒ Research centres

☐ Impacted industries (e.g.: solar plant and electricity grid operators, health industry…)

☒ Emitting Industries (e.g.: Fracking)

☐ Emergency services

☐ Airports and flight control authorities

☒ Citizens

Product #7: Emission mitigation service

☒ Public authorities

☒ Municipalities

☒ Research centres

☐ Impacted industries (e.g.: solar plant and electricity grid operators, health industry…)

☐ Emitting Industries (e.g.: Fracking)

☐ Emergency services

☐ Airports and flight control authorities

☐ Citizens




Geographical coverage


China, Colorado, Chile will be available at the end of the project.
Other regions may be developed afterwards depending on the demand.




Value-chain


Attribution service with focus on agricultural sources

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Current progress of the module


The layout of Module 2 in shown below. In the upper most part (A) of the module the user can choose the location (Santiago de Chile, Chile; Colorado, USA; Beijing, China). Below, a map (C) shows thecurrent level for a chosen pollutant or the change over time. On the panel left of the map (B), the user can individually reduce different emission sources (agriculture, traffic, combustion etc.). The resulting pollutionlevels are then displayed on the map. After that, the user can choose a location on the map and the followinggraphs below show the results for that location.Directly below the pollutant map, a time series (D) shows the actual concentrations as well as the simulatedconcentrations if the pollution source is reduced on the panel next to the map. When hovering over the linesin (D), a popup appears summarizing the mitigated pollutant concentrations at a certain moment in time.The “Country Contribution” panel (E) indicates the contribution by various countries to the concentrationlevel of the selected pollutant at the chosen location:- Santiago de Chile: PM, NO2 (+ SO2/ health index): Chile, all South American countries separately, fromoutside South America- Front Range, Colorado: PM, NO2 (+ SO2/ health index): US, Canada, Mexico, other- Front Range, Colorado CO: U.S. anthropogenic sources, U.S. biomass burning, non-U.S. fires, non-U.S.total, CO transported from AsiaHereby, the health indices will follow the definition of the respective countries.The “Sector Contribution” panel (F) shows the source contribution by sector for the chosen pollutant. Thecontribution of the following sectors will be shown:- Santiago and Colorado (for PM and NO2): Agriculture, residential combustion, road traffic, non-roadtraffic, power plants, industry, mining and extraction, wildfires, marine, dust, boundary- Front Range Colorado (CO only): Anthropogenic, fires, chemical, boundary, boundary fires- Beijing (PM, O3, NO2): Traffic, Industry, Residential.





Module 4

What does this module do ?


The purpose of this module is to provide information on the expected impact of fracking activities on the air quality in nearby and distant areas. As opposed to the other modules in the AQ-WATCH system, this module is not real-time and is rather a simulation on demand tool, i.e., when a user will wish to analyse a specific location, he/she will provide the location of the planned fracking activity and an offline analysis will be done.

For this module, we are demonstrating the abilities of the tool for a specific region (Front Range, CO, USA) and showing the impact on neighbourhoods near the fracking activities and distant to them as well as on sensitive locations (e.g. hospitals, schools).

The product models predictions of the potential impact on regional air quality (e.g., ozone levels) due to fracking operations and determination of the exposure of the local population to related emissions of hydrocarbons.




Who this module is designed for?


☒ Public authorities

☒ Municipalities

☒ Research centres

☐ Impacted industries (e.g.: solar plant and electricity grid operators, health industry…)

☒ Emitting Industries (e.g.: Fracking)

☐ Emergency services

☐ Airports and flight control authorities

☐ Citizens




Geographical coverage


Colorado will be available at the end of the project.
Other regions may be developed afterwards depending on the demand.




Value-chain


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Current progress of the module


The layout of Module 4 is shown ibelow. The location can be chosen in (A). The top part of the module shows a map (B) where fracking activities are indicated and the concentration of several pollutants either with or without the fracking activities are shown. The grid resolution of the map is 4 km. The user will be able to choose between the following pollutants to be displayed:

  • O3
  • Benzene
  • Toluene
  • NOx
  • Ethane
  • Propane
  • HCHO
  • Larger alkanes
Below the map a time series of each pollutant with and without the impacts of oil and gas extraction is shown based on the location that the user chooses on the map above (C). When hovering over the lines, a pop-up shows the pollutant levels with vs. without the fracking activities at the chosen point in time.
The data can be exported in (D).





Module 3

What does this module do ?


The purpose of this module is to provide information on dust storm forecast, dust accumulation and solar energy. This product aims to help dust and solar energy forecasts, by predictions of the degradation of air quality and reduction in visibility caused by dust mobilization and impact on solar energy systems.

It gather two products:

  • The product #3 predicting the degradation of air quality and reduction in visibility caused by dust mobilization and impact on solar energy systems.
    The purpose of this module is to provide information on airborne dust, dust deposition and solar irradiance forecast products. These products aim to assist air quality and solar energy stakeholders, for example in planning cleaning and maintenance times of solar panels.
  • The product #4 predicting the degradation of air quality and reduction in visibility caused by the occurrence of wildfires and the development of a related regional alert system.
    The purpose of this module is to provide a forecast of air pollution data related to wildfires to assist stakeholders such as policymakers, local authorities and emergency services.




Who this module is designed for?


Product #3: Dust and solar energy forecasts

☐ Public authorities

☐ Municipalities

☒ Research centres

☒ Impacted industries (e.g.: solar plant and electricity grid operators, health industry…)

☐ Emitting Industries (e.g.: Fracking)

☐ Emergency services

☐ Airports and flight control authorities

☐ Citizens

Product #4: Wildfire and Visibility Service

☒ Public authorities

☒ Municipalities

☒ Research centres

☐ Impacted industries (e.g.: solar plant and electricity grid operators, health industry…)

☐ Emitting Industries (e.g.: Fracking)

☒ Emergency services

☒ Airports and flight control authorities

☒ Citizens




Geographical coverage


China, Colorado, Chile will be available at the end of the project.
Other regions may be developed afterwards depending on the demand.




Value-chain


Dust and solar energy forecasts Click on the image to enlarge it. Wildfire and Visibility Service Click on the image to enlarge it.




Current progress of the module


DUST MODULE The user can select the location and submodule type (i.e., dust or fire product) in (A). This module will be available for three regions in the first phase:

  • Chile (78oW – 60oW; 36oS – 12oS)
  • Colorado (124oW – 102oW; 25oN – 46oN)
  • Beijing, China (72oE – 128oE; 26oN – 52oN)
In the upper part of the module a map (B) presents the dust or solar radiation parameters on a 0.2ox0.2o grid. The map presents one of the following: Dust products:
  • Dust concentration at the surface for different size fractions: (PM2.5 and PM10)
  • Dust surface extinction at 550 nm
  • DOD (Dust Optical Depth at 550 nm)
  • Dust Deposition (total accumulated wet and dry deposition)
Solar Radiation products:
  • DNI (Direct Normal Irradiance)
  • GHI (Global Horizontal Irradiance)
After the user selects a location on the map, additional graphs are presented below the map: The Dust Forecast Graph (C) presents a time series of 72 hours of forecast on an hourly time resolution and a daily refresh rate for the dust concentrations at the surface (PM2.5 and PM10) and the DOD. The Solar Radiation Graph (D) presents a time series of the 72 hours of forecast for DNI (Direct Normal Irradiance) and GHI (Global Horizontal Irradiance).
The data can be exported in (E). FIRE MODULE The user first needs to select the location and the forecast type in (A). At the top of the fire product a map (B) shows the location of fires and the distribution of air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, AOD) on a grid resolution of 10 km. A time lapse will show forecasted progress of the fire and the pollution dispersion for the next 96 hours. After the user chooses a location on the map a summary of the pollutants is presented in (C). Below the Summary Panel, the “Pollution Forecast” panel (D) shows a time series of either PM2.5, PM10 or AOD. When hovering over the lines a pop-up appears presenting the current pollutant level and the pollutant level forecasted at that moment in time.
The data can be exported in (E).





Module 5

What does this module do ?


This module provides 96h of hourly forecast of air pollution at the regional scale based on different predictive models. It consistis in an air quality map which allows the users to understand and research the forecasted AQ statistics in a specific area including forecast of air pollution at the regional scale.




Who this module is designed for?


☒ Public authorities

☒ Municipalities

☒ Research centres

☒ Impacted industries (e.g.: solar plant and electricity grid operators, health industry…)

☒ Emitting Industries (e.g.: Fracking)

☐ Emergency services

☐ Airports and flight control authorities

☐ Citizens




Geographical coverage


Beijing (China), Colorado (USA) and Santiago de Chile (Chile) will be available at the end of the project.
Other regions may be developed afterwards depending on the demand.




Value-chain


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Current progress of the module


Updated information will be provided soon.